It may have been on a smaller scale than the famous Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, but a group of London residents brought a festival atmosphere to their corner of the city with a post lockdown street party.
For so long the streets were virtually silent as people worked from home and rarely ventured out, but householders in Corbyn Street, Finsbury Park, changed all that with dancing, music, fireworks and food.
Organiser Hora den Dulk, or Don Horaleone, as his neighbours like to jokingly call him says: ‘This is our 6th annual street party but it was bigger and better than ever before and in a strange way we have lockdown to thank for that.
‘There was a proliferation of WhatsApp groups for the neighbourhood, we all started to get to know each other better, it brought the community together and it has made knocking on people’s doors to get them involved an awful lot easier.
‘In any big city it is easy to be anonymous, but Corbyn Street really has become the envy of neighbouring streets because we actually enjoy getting together and organising fun events.’
Householders clubbed together to raise money to stage the event which meant blocking off the road to cars for the day.
‘For children to come out of their homes and be able to play safely on the street without the worry of cars was fantastic. One mother and daughter put together artwork to sell and donated the money they raised to a local food bank’, says Hora.
The evening firework display wasn’t the first time that the street had helped light up the London skyline. Last Christmas residents worked together to bring a bit of festive cheer by erecting glittering lights that attracted visitors across the borough.
‘Everything in the world is a bit uncertain at the moment, so having a solid community you can turn to is hugely important,’ adds Hora.