Europe's greatest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival returns to the streets of West London on 28th and 29th August. The carnival is the biggest festival celebration of its type in the continent.
Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival in London is held on every August Bank Holiday. Initially the carnival started its life as a small local festival celebrated by Notting Hill's
West Indian community but now the carnival has grown into a popular Caribbean carnival, drawing the crowd of carnival-goers from around the world.
The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival in London are in the traditional Caribbean carnivals of the late 19th century - an old tradition in Trinidad celebrating the end of the slave trade and slavery. The very first carnival showcased steel band musicians who played in London's Earls Court each weekend. When the bands paraded to Notting Hill's streets, they pulled residents out on to the streets reminding them of the Caribbean houses they left behind.
With twenty miles of elaborate costumes, Caribbean food stalls, digital sound systems, millions of volunteers and countless revellers, London's streets come alive during the Notting Hill Carnival in London. The carnival usually begins on Saturday with a steel band competition. Sunday is for kids. On Bank Holiday Monday, the main parade begins from Great Western Road, advances to Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove. Notting Hill Carnival after parties sees large numbers of revellers partying in the evening.
The food is at the heart of the Notting Hill Carnival in London. You'll find mouth-watering aromas of traditional Caribbean food everywhere at the carnival venue. With jerk chicken, rice and peas, curries, patties, fried plantain and other exotic cuisines, the Notting Hill Carnival in London will please foodies with a great selection of food.
The Notting Hill Carnival in London plays a wide variety of music. Historically Calypso, Soca and Steel Bands were at the heart of the carnival but nowadays static sound systems playing everything from Jazz to Reggae, Funk, R&B, Dub, House and much more have taken over them. There will also be large number of local bands and leading international artists performing live on stages.
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