Sunday 23rd May, 2010 11am-7pm
Baishakhi Mela Website: http://www.baishakhimela.org.uk
As the heart of London's Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane is the obvious choice of venue to celebrate Baishakhi Mela, the Bengali New Year. Celebrations include a colourful parade, traditional costumes, elephants, tigers and rituals. The festivities for this year's event will take place in Weavers Fields, Allen Gardens and Brick Lane and begin with a parade led by the Tiger Out East, musicians, dancers and local children in dazzling traditional dress. A Bengali tiger, peacock boat, bridal ride, and street entertainers all mingle together, and stages in Allen Gardens, Weavers Fields and along Brick Lane feature literally hundreds of musicians and dancers. You can also sample the famous spicy baltis, birianis and vindaloos from the numerous restaurants and stalls which put Brick Lane on the map.