Ongoing Project -
For the past three years I have been visiting and documenting the Manchester Caribbean Carnival.
The historical roots of the Manchester Carnival lie in Trinidad where first Caribbean carnival was held in 1833. Before this date, black slaves had been forbidden by law to take part in their master’s European easter carnivals, or even to gather on the streets after nightfall.
In 1972 a group of mostly St Kits & Nevis and Trinidadian Eastern Caribbean immigrants decided to throw an impromptu carnival procession through the streets of their Manchester neighbourhood. This is recognised as the first Manchester Caribbean Carnival.
Although small in scale, the first ever Manchester carnival was an important moment in the history of black britons and Mancunians.