6,000 celebrate ‘best ever’ Whitecross Street Party
PUBLISHED: 17:44 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 18:05 18 July 2017
Saturday’s eighth annual Whitecross Street Party was hailed as the “best ever”.
About 6,000 people enjoyed the “infamous” arty street festival in the south of Islington.
Whitecross Street is well known for its independent shops and food market, and this is reflected by its “nonconformist” festival. Whitecross Street Party takes its inspiration from nearby Bunhill Fields: home to the graves of dissenters such as William Blake and Daniel Defoe.
Hosted by City YMCA, many of the pieces focused on homelessness. Chief executive Gillian Bowen said: “It was a pleasure to host the infamous Whitecross Street Party and bring a huge dose of community cheer.
“Seeing thousands of people of all races, ages, cultures and creeds out on the street together is what London is all about.
“In these challenging times City YMCA was delighted to offer some fun and frivolity while raising awareness of a topical issue, the crime of homelessness.”
Cllr Troy Gallagher, who represents Islington’s Bunhill ward, said: “This year’s Whitecross Street Party was the best ever with a huge array of performances to suit every age and taste.
“Visitors loved every minute of it and the carnival atmosphere was electric. We as councillors were delighted to support this local treasure.”
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