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Notting Hill Carnival 2014 – All you need to know

Notting Hill Carnival takes place on 24 and 25 August this year.  Find out all you need to know about the festival here…

London’s Notting Hill Carnival began in 1964 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival.   About 500 people attended the first carnival.  Now over 1 million people attend the event.

Notting Hill Carnival image from Flickr by Pedro Camber http://bit.ly/1pY8RyV

Notting Hill Carnival image from Flickr by Pedro Camber http://bit.ly/1pY8RyV

Sunday at The Notting Hill Carnival is Family Day.  The opening ceremony of J’Ouvert takes place from 6am to 9am, before the children’s parade, starting at Canal Way.  A fun opening with dancing and musical performances from drummers and steel bands feature and set the tone for the coming days of celebration.

The Children’s parade starts from 9am, intensifying from noon, children showcase their flamboyant costumes, dancing along the carnival route to hypnotic rhythms provided by the mobile sound systems and steel bands.

Family Day Notting Hill Carnival image by Flickr Kalexander2010 http://bit.ly/1sSfdna

Family Day Notting Hill Carnival image by Flickr Kalexander2010 http://bit.ly/1sSfdna

There are 38 static sound systems located around the carnival route with a variety of tasty Caribbean foods, drinks and entertainment.

Notting Hill Carnival Parade, image by Flickr by Outwithmycamera http://bit.ly/1tkLaBl

Notting Hill Carnival Parade, image by Flickr by Outwithmycamera http://bit.ly/1tkLaBl

Bank Holiday Monday is when the main paradse takes place and the carnival at its most intense.  In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and people continue the festivities at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.  A full line up of the best parties can be found here.

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