It’s that time of year again where you find most of London and Tourist bumping and grinding to the sweet tunes of Caribbean and modern day urban music. On the 28th August 2016 I took to the streets of Notting Hill Carnival where they held this vibrant and outrageous extravaganza. Notting Hill Carnival originated in 1964 and is the largest annual European street festival held every August bank holiday. It was and still is a time for remembering and celebrating the Afro-Caribbean communities, culture, music and food. The event draws in party goers from all different ethnics and nationalities of all ages offering nothing but fun, fun, fun!
The first event on Sunday is child/ family day and bank holiday Monday is adult day. On both events you can be assured to see lots of colourful floats, dancers, steel bands, food and drink. As well as an abundance of floats and thumping base (loud enough to pop your ears!), there were food stalls everywhere selling your typical Caribbean food, rice and peas, jerk chicken, patties, curried goat and so much more. I haven’t been in years due to jobs always getting in the way (don’t you just hate when they do that) and thought as I was free this year I would go and let my hair down. I went to the child/ family day and in true British bank holiday weather it rained on and off, but that did not in any means slow the party down. If anything it made the party more wilder (jump and wave, jump and wave), by the end of the event my feet was very tired and my ears soar but it was well worth it! : )
Did you manage to go? and if not what festivals have you been too? Let me know in the comments below : )