Notting Hill Carnival is an annual street festival that has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill, in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 1966. For a couple of days every August, the event celebrates the British West Indian community in particular, and the beauty of cultural diversity more generally.
The festival attracts over one million people each year, and this time round I finally got to be one of them! I had a great time. Everyone was so cheerful and wearing incredible costumes (some creepy, see below). The food was amazing – I had Jerk chicken, obvs – and the music made for a nice street party. The main parade was cool to follow, as were the numerous improvised street raves and gigs in the area.
Notting Hill is often depicted by the media as some sort of no-go zone, a musical ethnic riot of some sort despite a lower crime rate than, say Glastonbury. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t say this squares up with my personal experience. But enough said, here are the pictures!