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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Sunshine, Music, Colour: Day Two of London's Notting Hill Carnival

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7Dnews London

Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:11 GMT

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of the Notting Hill suburb of London, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday).

This year’s carnival took place from Sunday, August 25th to Monday, August 26th, while Monday's Grand Finale Parade followed the more family-friendly event on Sunday. The streets along the route were again awash with colour as partygoers enjoyed the long-standing celebration of Caribbean heritage in the capital.

Feather-clad dancers in vibrant costumes performed to blaring sound systems in a parade that snaked its way along the crowded streets of the West London district, according to Reuters.

The London School of Samba danced in Monday’s parade. It filled Westbourne Park with its first music of the day as members warmed up ahead of the festivities.

This year is expected to be one of the hottest carnivals ever, with a temperature of 32.7C (90.7F) and over a million people are expected to attend the annual event, on August 25th and 26th.

Ahead of the parades, drummers and dancers armed themselves with water bottles - and roads along the route were lined with taps and refreshment vendors.

This year police have been given extra stop and search powers in the Notting Hill area and over 100 arrests were made on Sunday August 25th, 41 of which were drug offences. The Metropolitan Police wrote on their Twitter account on August 26th: "We have implemented a Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order authority across the Notting Hill Carnival geographical area and areas of Harrow Road as defined in the map. The order will be in place for 15hrs, between 09:00hrs and 23:59hrs today."


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