19 February 2015

Pancake Day ● by Jess

Whereas New Orleans has Mardi Gras and the Latino/Italiano world has Carnival, the UK celebrates Fat Tuesday with a little something called Pancake Day.



It started off as a way to get all those sweet, fatty cooking bits our of your cupboard before fasting for Lent, but has since blossomed into something a bit more weird and delicious.

I spent Pancake Day in east London at the Great Spitalfields Pancake race. I got there early so I was able to geek out over some of the street art in the area (be still little heart!).

street art london ocean
It's like an enormous doodle page, and I love it. 
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Eventually though, I got down to the business of the race. The purpose of the event is to raise money and awareness for London's Air Ambulance, but everyone really comes for the unsurpassed pleasure of flipping a crepe in the air while running in a ridiculous costume in front of hundreds of people. There is truly nothing like it.


GoPro frying pan

This is a man truly dedicated to his craft as a "Tosser." He literally has a GoPro strapped to the handle of his frying pan.
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The rules are pretty simple. Its a basic relay race (with your team of four people) and you try to outpace the other teams, by running the course with a frying pan and flipping your pancake at certain points. Other than that, there basically are no rules. If you pancake drops, no problem! Pick that bad boy up and keep going.

All said, it was a fun day of giggles and buttery yumness. Can things really get any better than that?

Waldo costume
Spitalfields Pancake race

As a side note, while shooting the race, I snapped this: Here is what the British teen of 2-15 looks like. I have to admit, I'm a little bit in love with spectacle boy's hair. Boys are liking their locks short on the sides and rockin' on the top. I give my hearty approval. 

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