Europe’s biggest street party, Notting Hill Carnival has been held every August Bank Holiday since 1966. Each year, the streets of West London are filled with colourful costumes, crowds dancing to static sound systems, and an array of Caribbean food stalls. The event attracts over 1 million people.
The carnival has its roots in the West Indian community of West London. They originally started it as a small local celebration. These days it’s a full blown carnival, with huge floats and authentic steel drum bands. However, traditional Caribbean music isn’t the only thing on the agenda – there are sounds for all tastes, including famous DJs. Some past big names are Norman Jay and Sancho Panza.
Carnival kicks off on Saturday with a steel band competition, followed by Kids’ day on Sunday and the costume prizes. Monday is main parade day, going from Great Western Road to Ladbroke Grove. Then people generally head for after parties in the surrounding streets, pubs and bars.