The History of Notting Hill Carnival in London
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annually held event since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK. The event was first held as an offshoot of Trinidadian carnival. This year’s event will be held over two days (August 25 & 26). The festival is led by members of the West Indian community and remains true to its Caribbean roots, bringing the spirit of diversity to London. Today, Notting Hill attracts thousands of visitors each year, making it one of the largest street festivals in the world.
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Each year approximately 2.5 million people attend the carnival weekend. Here, you can expect to see some 50,000 performers and over fifty sound systems as the streets of West London come alive. The festival maintains a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls. In short, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party for everyone to enjoy. Quite the mixed-carnival experience, you can expect to see wonderfully decorated floats and costumed performers dance their way through the streets of London.
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Children's Day and Bank Holiday MondaySunday at The Notting Hill Carnival is Children's Day. This event hosts a shorter parade route and is the day that the costume prizes are awarded. The main parade is held on Bank Holiday Monday. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and people continue the festivities at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.
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Notting Hill 2013
If previous years are anything to judge by, Noting Hill 2013 promises to be a blast! Moreover, judging by this year’s carnival season, Notting Hill 2013 will be phenomenal! The festival was officially launched in March and has been well received. Are you ready to welcome the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe? Whether you want to join in the fun or simply watch the crowds go by, don't miss the chance to be part of one of London's biggest and best annual event, Notting Hill 2013!
By: Norvan Martin