Notting Hill Carnival: August 26 (London, British)

A dancer makes her way along the route of the annual Children's Day Parade of the Notting Hill Carnival in London August 26, 2001. An estimated 2 million revellers are expected to descend on Notting Hill for the 37th annual carnival, Europe's biggest street festival.

The Notting Hill Carnival has been taking place in London, on the last weekend in August, every year since 1964.

This great festival began initially from the energies of Black immigrants  from the Caribbean, particularly from Trinidad, where the Carnival tradition is very strong, and from people living locally who dreamed of creating a festival to bring together the people of Notting Hill, most of whom were facing racism, lack of working opportunities, poor housing conditions resulting in a general suppression of good self-esteem.

Dancers covered in chocolate make their way along the route of the annual Children's Day Parade of the Notting Hill carnival in London August 26, 2001.

Notting Hill Carnival: August 26 (London, British)

Notting Hill Carnival: August 26 (London, British)


Labroke Grove is the heart of the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival, held each August Bank Holiday since 1964. This holiday always falls on the last weekend of August with Sunday and Monday being the major carnival days. There are scores of massive 'sound systems', many spectacular floats and steel drum bands additionally. There are hundreds of stalls lining the streets of the area selling all sorts of food and drink including Caribbean specialities.

Five disciplines go to make up the carnival as we know it today. Mas' from (costume, Masquerade), Steelband, Calypso (political, social and satirical commentary, set to music), Soca (the traditional music of Carnival, a fusion of Soul and Calypso) and Static Sound Systems all play their part on the two days of Carnival-on-the-Road.Egypt

Decked in spectacular colors, hundreds of children got their parade under way on Sunday, ahead of more than 100 floats and thousands of performers who will stage the main parade on Monday. Party-goers will eat, drink and dance their way through the terraced streets

The carnival, which takes place in the streets of a west London district made famous by the movie ``Notting Hill'' starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, has become one of the most celebrated symbols of multi-cultural Britain.

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