Should the modern day London carnival be cancelled?
This is a question that has bugged me for many years now, do we need carnival anymore?
I'm a 1970's to 1980's kid and my mother used to take me and my brothers and sisters to carnival, it was wonderful, can you imagine hardly any Police there, everybody was happy, everyone was safe, and the best thing it lasted all night into the morning today it locks off at 5pm I think?
It was fantastic! almost as if you was in another country.
Today's modern carnival is a completely different beast, there seems to be no difference between the children's day and adult day, as the big men/boys go looking gal both days, the violence is shocking, the police herding you like sheep, as mentioned above the super early lock off time.
I sure I am not alone in now not even thinking to not to go carnival, the last couple of years, its shocking to hear twenty years old say they not going to it because they fear for their lives, including big people.
I could be cynical and say that the government and the benevolent corporate companies only interest is how much money they can make out of the mindless masses even if the modern carnival is a watered down version.
So my question to you is, what is the point of this event today in your opinion?
I am in two minds about it. I stopped going carnival some years now partly due to the downsize and fights that were taking place initially towards the end of the day. I actually miss the movement. Carnival represents what being Caribbean is all about. I still like the idea especially for us born in the UK. Other cultures still enjoy their own celebrations, so why should this one stopped.
To this i would say yes go ahead and cancel it. My first time at carnival was when i was quite young my dad took me and my brother and sister there. I don't remember having a good time at all. But i do remember seeing glass bottles though, bricks and other objects flying though the air. While me and my little sister was being pushed back into a shop doorway and my dad trying to get though the crowd of people and get my brother how was being carried away on top of the crowd. Very scary stuff. In my twenties i was talked into going again and did very reluctantly but this time i had a really good time dancing on the floats as long you danced they would allow you to travel around on the floats so we hopped on and off most of them all day it was great. So i went back again a couple of years later but you could not go on the floats any more but it was still quite fun. So when i had my daughter and she was a 7yrs old i brought her their and that was the last time for me. I was so scared a repeat of what happened when i was young was going to happen again. People were pushing each other all over the place and were not friendly at all. They didn't seem to care if you had children with you, they carried on with their bad behavior regardless. So i ahead out of their before things got out of hand which they did later that day as i heard on the news but before i could leave i thought i was going to have to fight my way out because while trying to keep hold of my daughter. They would try to separate us but i held on to her for dear life. I have never been back and never will. As for the police herding the crowds on polices horses i thought they would trample me. I new one way in and out so was going home the way i know the police blocked the roads and when i tried to get directions from them they just told me to move on while walking towards me on theirs horses i found this very intimidating and scary also me for and my daughter. So in my opinion cancel the lot of it, its not what it used to be anyway.
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