The Notting Hill Carnival, an annual two-day event, Europe’s biggest street party, snakes through the streets on a five-kilometre parade route featuring steel bands and dancers in exotic carnival costumes, watched by crowds of revellers (AFP Photo/Nilas Halle’N)
London (AFP) – London’s Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe’s biggest street party.
Performers on stilts and wearing bright pink wigs, and dancers in feathered headdresses and rainbow outfits entertained the crowds that packed the streets of west London.
About a million people are expected to attend the two-day event.
Sunday was Family Day, featuring a children’s parade to the sound of varied music styles, while Carnival-goers tucked into Caribbean food such as jerk chicken on the sidelines.
The bright costumes made a contrast with the overcast sky, as the weather stayed dry despite predictions of rain.
Lightning and heavy downpours have been forecast for the grand finale parade on Monday, which follows a five-kilometre parade route, featuring 60 bands and dancers in exotic carnival costume.
“It’s an opportunity for kids to run around and see something different, interact with different people and experience the food, smells, sounds and dancing,” said William Medley, 35, a London tech worker. “It’s a fantastic party atmosphere.”
But the carnival is also notorious for sporadic gang-related violence and robbery.
A young child sleeps in a flamboyantly decorated buggy during a parade on the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on August 30, 2015 (AFP Photo/Niklas Halle’n)
Police said there were 92 arrests on Sunday, including for thefts and assaults, after 143 people were arrested in the run-up.
“Unfortunately given the large number of people the event attracts, there will always be some who see it as an opportunity to commit crime,” said Superintendent Robyn Williams, …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper