Diwali parade lights up Wembley
Thousands flocked to Wembley to watch Brent’s Diwali Parade - the largest of its kind outside India
The streets of Wembley glowed every colour of the rainbow as thousands of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains took part in Brent’s Diwali parade.
Known as the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali marks the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom after he defeated the demon King Ravana, signifying the triumph of good over evil, and is one of the most important events in the Hindu calendar.
Celebrants wore colourful costumes taken from the sacred texts, and lit small clay lamps known as diyas.
Maggie Raffee, headteacher of Alperton Community School, who along with about 150 of her students took part in the parade.
You may also want to watch:
She said: “It was absolutely fantastic. Our students looked incredible dressed as flames, flowers, peacocks, huge tigers and elephants and swans.
“The streets were absolutely packed and there was a fantastic atmosphere with young people of many different backgrounds involved and a very diverse audience.
- 1 Loaded shotgun seized in Harlesden as police crack down on gang activity
- 2 Vigil held in Barn Hill for murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman
- 3 Two men charged with murder in connection with missing pensioner with links to Willesden
- 4 Childhood friends launch their first Their Story Film Festival in Kilburn
- 5 Tributes paid to 'Gooner legend' who died of Covid 'caught at Euros final'
- 6 Missing 12-year-old boy from Kilburn found 'safe and well'
- 7 'Residents are going through hell as a result of flooding'
- 8 8 countries added to UK green travel list
- 9 Officer's leg broken after e-scooter rider fails to stop, say police
- 10 Residents oppose plans for a third slot machine 'casino' in Harlesden
“I am very proud that Alperton Community School is at the heart of such an important festival and parade in Wembley.”