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Bristol's 2019 St Pauls Carnival to celebrate city's Windrush generation

The carnival returned in 2018 after a three-year absence. Credit: PA images

Bristol's famous St Pauls Carnival has announced its theme for 2019 which will pay tribute to the city's Windrush generation.

'Our journey' will celebrate those who came together in Bristol and set-up organisations and groups to support one another in their new lives in the UK.

The iconic celebration of the city's African-Caribbean culture returns this year on Saturday 6 July.

Around 100,000 descended on the area last year to celebrate the events. Credit: ITV West Country

In 2018 the carnival was a huge success after a three-year absence and received a Bristol Life award for event of the year.

This year it will showcase the challenges faced by the Windrush generation who came over to Bristol from the 1940s.

The theme will reflect issues such as racism and inequality while highlighting the contribution made by the generation to society - including bringing Caribbean music, food, traditions and dance to Bristol.

In 2018 the carnival celebrated its 50th anniversary and focused on community engagement to change negative perceptions built up over previous years.

Around 100,000 people attended the celebrations last year, which also featured an education programme to involve schools across the city as well as local businesses.

Last year's carnival wanted to change some of the negative perceptions it has built up over previous years. Credit: ITV West Country

LaToyah McAllister-Jones, this year's executive director, said:

St Pauls Carnival is a vibrant expression of our city’s wonderful diversity and an event that brings dozens of communities together. It is a chance to celebrate both our similarities and differences which is why we felt a theme of ‘Our journey’ would work so well for 2019.

– LaToyah McAllister-Jones, executive director

She said, "Through this theme, people can explore their own life journeys, backgrounds and heritage and perhaps even more importantly, those of other people's."