Carnival at North Woolwich showcases revamped parade

Wet weather didn’t put a dampener on the Pier Parade Carnival as revellers flocked to North Woolwich on Saturday.

The free community carnival, organised by Royal Docks councillors and the Active Community Team, hosted a range of activities for all ages.

Visitors were treated to yoga sessions, youth choirs, a steel band, henna hand painting, international food stands and live performances.

Open workshops were held so that residents could make something to wear for the colourful Pier Parade at 3pm which was made up of local schools, nurseries and community groups.

Royal Docks councillor Steve Brayshaw said: “This is always an exciting event which brings all residents together.

“The Pier Parade community is diverse and a carnival is the perfect way to celebrate this.”

The carnival was also an opportunity for locals to view some of the improvements to Pier Parade, started in autumn last year.

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The ongoing regeneration project hopes to make the area more attractive and safer by installing new paving, lighting, signs, bins and trees.

Cllr Brayshaw added: “A lot of hard work has gone into improving the area for residents and they should have been able to see this on the day.

“This is all part of a long-term regeneration project to improve the Royal Docks.”

Some residents took part in Thai boxing, zumba dancing and yoga, others relaxed with Indian head and shoulder massages, while everyone else got crafty knitting, face painting and jewellery-making.

Newham band Iron Mountain provided world music throughout the day and accompanied dance performances.