3rd July 2004
Alexandra Palace Way, London N8 7HL
Preparing to set off from the lower slopes of the exhaustingly-hilly-yet-worth-it-for-the-views Alexandra Palace are the participants for this year’s Hornsey Carnival – a annual event that’s recently marked its centenary, and despite not quite drawing the crowds that it used to (see just about every local carnival procession these days), it’s still a popular and colourful distraction around the streets of upwardly mobile Crouch End. Well, to some people, anyway.
And on the face of it, you wouldn’t expect to find too much common ground linking this cheerful procession trundling through the streets of north London and Gay Pride – a mere few decades under its spangly belt, cavorting decadently down Piccadilly towards Trafalgar Square a few hours earlier.
However, both events have their gaily decorated floats, inappropriate costumes, carnival queens, marching men in costumes and, er… people in top hats.
They also both have after-parties: In Crouch End they end up at Priory Park with the wonderful Carters Steam Fair. At Pride the party carries on in Finsbury Park with the wonderful Sam Fox, oh yes.