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Carnival fun bounces off the steps of St Paul’s

PUBLISHED: 12:50 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Antara and Tjamanna (top), both 11, from Mowlem Primary with classmates (centre) and kids from Virginia Primary (below them) on steps of St Paul's

Antara and Tjamanna (top), both 11, from Mowlem Primary with classmates (centre) and kids from Virginia Primary (below them) on steps of St Paul's

PUPILS from two primary schools in London’s deprived East End dressed in colourful costume and made their way through admiring businessmen in suits for the opening procession of the City of London Festival. The youngsters from Bethnal Green’s Virginia and Mowlem Primary schools formed a carnival procession through the heart of the Square Mile with the London Youth Circus and Bombay Baja brass band

By Tom Porter

PUPILS from two primary schools in London's deprived East End dressed in colourful costume and made their way through admiring businessmen in suits for the opening procession of the City of London Festival.

The youngsters from Bethnal Green's Virginia and Mowlem Primary schools formed a carnival procession through the heart of the Square Mile last Friday (June 20) with the London Youth Circus and Bombay Baja brass band.

The procession wound its way to the steps of St Paul's Cathedral for a grand finale which featured an Indian dance performance using silk scarves the children from Mowlem Primary made themselves.

A giant train then appeared, carried by 90 children, introducing a performance of Indian immigration stories.

The youngsters were taught hand and dance movement and also how to make Bandhni scarves made with a traditional tie-dye technique used in villages in Rajasthan and Gujarat. These were worn at Friday's performance.

The scarves were then going on display at the Swagatam Summer Family Day on Hampstead Heath, before being returned to the pupils who made them.

The City Festival runs until July 10. This year's theme is 'East meets West' with Indian and Western classical musicians performing together.


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