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What is Notting Hill Carnival?
Second only to the carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Notting Hill Carnival regularly draws a crowd of one million people to the streets of this now exclusive London enclave. While the Carnival celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the area, it is Afro-Caribbean Heritage that takes center stage during festivities. There are vibrant parades with impressive floats, sequined and feathered costumes, calypso music, steel drums and don’t forget the food – Jamaican jerk chicken is king, but Trinidadian roti and Guyanese pepper pot are other must-easts!
Need to Know
While Notting Hill Carnival is unticketed and free of charge, you need to plan ahead if you would like to attend. There are street closures and major disruptions to traffic and public transport.
Did You Know?
In the 1950s and 60s Notting Hill was an impoverished neighborhood and in 1958 there were riots that were the worst racial violence ever seen in Britain. The Carnival was launched in 1966 as at attempt to unify and celebrate the diversity of the area. Many believe without the riots; Notting Hill Carnival wouldn’t exist.
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