Every August Bank Holiday weekend, the streets of Notting Hill come alive as West London comes together to celebrate Europe’s biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival.
The festival celebrates London’s Caribbean community culture and traditions during this two-day festival of fantastic live music that ranges from reggae to dub to salsa.
When the Notting Hill festival first started in 1964 it attracted around 500 people. Today it brings hundreds of thousands to London and it continues to grow in popularity. Spectors can expect to see a sea of colour as incredible floats and some 50,000 costumed performers dance and wind their way through the streets of London.
This electric carnival weekend kicks off on the Saturday night with Panorama, a free open-air concert involving a steel band competition at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park from 6pm until 10pm. Sunday is Family Day and it kicks off with J’Ouvert, a fun opening with dance, drummers and steel bands from 6am until 9 am. The Sunday Parade starts at 10am and continues until 8.30 pm. There are family workshops at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park as well as costume prize awards and an incredible range of music. Bank Holiday Monday holds the main parade. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and there are many after-parties for those who want to continue on the festivities.
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