Tottenham Carnival 2005 was launched with great aplomb at the College of North East London (CONEL) on Thursday 17 February.

The exams hall at the College was filled with balloons, colourful costumes, displays and a host of volunteers and supporters who enjoyed presentations by carnival committee members, a buffet, and entertainment by a Kurdish band, Kids Ahead singers and dancers, and Cuban style salsa performers amongst others.

Councillor Sheila Peacock, otherwise known as the Mayor of Haringey and the founder and secretary of the community festival, was thrilled at the turnout, "Just look at the multi-cultural mix in this room tonight" she exclaimed, "its truly a representation of how the carnival brings everyone together to celebrate Tottenham and the diversity of its community."

The main sponsor of the event, Paul Simon Homes, is also wholeheartedly positive about the events impact. Nick Christofides, who manages residential sales for the company, shared why bosses decided to back the Carnival, "We will have been operating in this area for 20 years in 2006 and many of our employees live locally so we were looking to invest in a really positive community effort. We came along to the festival last year and were really impressed with what we saw. I hope that we will be involved for years to come."

Tottenhams own pearly king, 82 year old Harry Tongue, will lead the procession again for the fifth time since the carnival was bought back to the area by Sheila for the millennium. The response from local residents since then has been overwhelming. It was estimated that in excess of 60,000 people took part in the days festivities last year. Make sure you come and join in the fun on 25 June. For more information on the carnival please go to the Tottenham Carnival website

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Nicky Price, President of the Tottenham Community Festival and Carnival Committee, and Mayor Sheila Peacock celebrate with Kids Ahead.


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