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Hackney Carnival 2019: Everything you need to know

CELEBRATION: Attendees at Hackney Carnival 2018

HOT OFF the heels of Notting Hill Carnival comes another experience which is sure to keep the party vibes going as thousands prepare to fill the streets of east London.

Hackney Carnival returns to east London this Sunday (Sept 8) and promises to be a fun, family-friendly affair, complete with a vibrant procession, performances, food stalls and much more.

The procession will begin at 12.30pm on Mare Street, before moving on to Hackney Town Hall Square from 1-4pm and concluding at Landsdowne Drive at 5.30pm.

There will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy throughout the day, including a programme of live music taking place at Churchwell Path, St John’s Churchyard and St John at Hackney paddock from 10am to 7pm, featuring gospel choirs, local bands and other live performers.

There will also be carnival judging outside Hackney Town Hall, sound systems and a Hackney Playbus including a family cycle experience on Hillman Street led by Stars ‘n’ Stripes and an open mic for kids in St John at Hackney’s playground, led by Disco Loco.

The carnival is also making an effort to be more green this year, encouraging visitors to bring their own reusable water bottles and is set to be “the greenest ever.”

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm said: “As a Council, we’ve committed to some of the most ambitious actions of any local authority in the country to reduce waste and emissions.

“This year’s Hackney Carnival is set to be the biggest ever, but it’s also going to our most sustainable Carnival to date, and we’re encouraging those who attend to think about their impact on the planet.

“That’s why we’ve provided free water so people can bring reusable bottles and a recycling station so we increase recycling at the event, both reducing the amount of waste produced and ensuring that a greater proportion is recycled rather than incinerated.”

Traders at the event have been encouraged not to use plastic materials and marketing and promotional materials for the event have been produced with minimal plastic components.

Last year’s carnival took place on Sunday 9 September with spectacular costumes, sound systems and live music from around the world. More than 25 carnival and community groups joined residents in a celebration of Hackney’s thriving cultures and creativity, as the procession weaved its way through the borough.

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