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Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Notting Hill Carnival

How many of you went to Carnival this weekend? I went along on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon to enjoy the music and the spectacular parade. Even the sun made an appearance.

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event, which has taken place on the streets of West London since 1964. It is predominantly led by the British African-Caribbean community, particularly the ‘Trinis’ (Trinidadian and Tobagonian British population). The Carnival attracts over a million people every year making it the world’s second largest street festival, after the one held in Trinidad and Tobago.

After working in Notting Hill for five years, I love going to the Carnival every year to celebrate the end of summer and to see the transformation of the London roads. It is wonderful just to walk through the brightly coloured fragrant streets but my favourite part of Carnival is the dancing through the crowds by enthusiastic dancers in specially made extravagant costumes. We found a convenient wall to climb up and watch from, which enabled us to see and join in without being squashed by the crowds.

Definitely worth experiencing at least once.

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