Notting Hill Carnival

by So Capricious

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Notting Hill Carnival is known for being Europe’s biggest carnival and has been held annually since 1965. During the past Bank Holiday, I finally had the chance to check it out and I must say that it’s definitely one of crazier things that I have witnessed in London, especially since it took place in the Notting Hill area which, throughout the rest of the year, seems so… tamed. During the span of two days, the streets in the area were all closed, leaving space for countless DJ sets and food stalls – and by food, I mean an overwhelming amount of Jerk Chicken! The highlight of the festivities had to be the dance processions. Seriously, I’m amazed by how those that were wearing the super intricate costumes managed to dance whilst balancing out the weight of their clothes and headpieces. One of the girl even had wheels on her dress to support the weight! Being the tourist that I am, I couldn’t help but jump in and ask for a picture with one of the dancers. The festive ambiance throughout the day was really great, with people dancing and singing everywhere – even the policemen joined in the festivities and danced along with the partygoers. If I happen to be around next year, I will definitely come back!

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