Carnival Band started when a group of enthusiastic parents wanted
their children to be involved in the largest Street Festival in Europe
- Notting Hill Carnival – which takes place right on the doorstep
of Fox School.
During 1997, a group of parent volunteers joined with some teachers from the
school to make Carnival costumes and prepare a float. The result, “One
World”, went on the road on Children’s Day during that year's festivities,
and the Fox Carnival Band was born.
Taking a float and Mas Band to Carnival for the first time was fun! However,
making the costumes had been hard work and it required a considerable commitment.
Children were keen to think up ideas for 1998, and they fantasised about making
and wearing huge costumes, similar to the shimmering butterflies they had seen
in Carnival's parade.
But how could Fox compete with costumes built over weeks and months,
conceived then engineered by professional designers? No parents or
teachers could commit their entire summer to helping make such big
costumes. Also, those huge costumes require both specialised craftsmanship
and plenty of money!
Faced with these realities, we started to wonder. Did Fox Carnival Band really
need big costumes to be a proper Mas Band? Or could we not try to do something
different? We decided to make Fox Carnival Band truly unique.