London Notting Hill Carnival, London

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The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). It is led by members of the British West Indian community, and attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture. In 2006, the UK public voted it onto the list of icons of England. Despite its name, it is not part of the global Carnival season preceding Lent.
Professor David Dabydeen has stated:
Carnival is not alien to British culture. Bartholomew Fair and Southwark Fair in the 18th century were moments of great festivity and release. There was juggling, pickpocketing, whoring, drinking, masquerade — people dressed up as the Archbishop of Canterbury and indulged in vulgar acts. It allowed people a space to free-up but it was banned for moral reasons and for the antiauthoritarian behaviour that went on like stoning of constables. Carnival allowed people to dramatise their grievances against the authorities on the street... Notting Hill Carnival single-handedly revived this tradition and is a great contribution to British cultural life."
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  • Couldn't wait to get out, had to walk for ages through crowds and blasting loud speakers, other tourists who also arrived where also desperate to get out. Avoid like the plague if you don't like long ...  more »
  • It seems to be an event held every year, but the impression when participating only once is a word of "chaos". From the beginning of the carnival, garbage was scattered on the road surface, and even after entering the boundary, there was no atmosphere that participants like us would also get involved and have fun, and the Caribbean people who were the main players of the parade were just making a fuss. As the sirens rang out in many places, I had bitter memories of thinking only about getting out of the carnival.
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