Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Notting Hill Carnival

One of the biggest events of the summer in London is the Notting Hill Carnival, held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, being the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the smells, sounds and colours of Europe's biggest street festival. 
Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes, sound systems and hundreds of Caribbean food are to be found here. Music is at the heart of Notting Hill Carnival, with traditional and contemporary sounds filling the air for miles around. Notting Hill introduces the visitor to wonderful aromas of traditional Caribbean cuisine, providing the perfect introduction to jerk chicken, rice and peas and rum punch as well as the odd taste of other exotic food. 

The Notting Hill Carnival began as a local festival set up by the West Indian community; however now it has become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of visitors form all over the world. 
There, one can observe the many astonishing floats and sounds of the traditional steel drum bands, scores of massive sound systems plus, not forgetting, the hundreds of stalls that line the streets of Notting Hill. It is considered by many as London's most exciting annual event. 
The Police was present in every street around the carnival, making sure that law and order was maintained. The carnival begins on Great Western Road, then moves along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove and then the Ladbroke Grove. As seen in this picture, this festival has no age restrictions.! It is one attraction that no one should miss!

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