Caribbean Fever in London- Notting Hill Carnival

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Notting Hill Carnival is a huge, free street festival celebrating the Caribbean community. It's Europe's biggest street festival, with loud music, plenty of street food (jerk chicken is a favourite), spectacular costumes and parade processions, so if you are looking for a weekend fun with your family and friends make your way down to Notting Hill. It is quite a big carnival and it spreads through Westbourne Park and Ladbroke Grove, basically if you are around you will hear the music and smell the delicious street food.

What is on this year?

Saturday 26 August (6pm-10pm) The events begins on the evening of Saturday 26 August with Panorama, a family-friendly event in Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, near the Trellick Tower. Expect live music from steel bands, and an all-round Caribbean atmosphere

Sunday 27 August (6am-8.30pm) Sunday is family day, so it's calmer than Monday — but it still gets very busy. The day begins with the terrifyingly early Jouvert Carnival in Ladbroke Grove at 6am (yes, that's 6am), with steel bands and African drummers parading through the streets. Bet the neighbours love that. From 9am, the children's parade takes place with younger performers dancing through the streets. The World Music Stage in Powis Square has Calypso performances all day, and 38 sound systems are dotted around the carnival area. Family workshops take place at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, along with Caribbean food and drink stalls.

Monday 28 August (9am-8.30pm) Today, carnival goes big. 60 bands in spectacular costumes wander through the streets in the main parade. The entertainment on the World Music Stage continues from yesterday, and those 38 sound systems will still be pumping out tunes.

Additionally, The Carnaval is one of the most crowded events in London and every year the necessary precautions are taken by the police. But there are also some that you should take yourself such as being aware of you surroundings to avoid pick pocketing and staying away from drunken discussions.And one more quick reminder is that, the toilets are a big issue in the area, so you might have to pay to use one or find a little spot:)

This year, there is a minute's silence for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which will take place at 3pm on Monday 28 August.


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Idil Birben

Idil Birben

I am Idil from Istanbul, Turkey, and am currently living in London. I write about my own experiences in these countries.

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