Notting Hill Carnival was again awash with eccentric outfits as the world’s biggest street festival kicked on for its second and final day.
The streets of west London were packed with people strutting their stuff in sequinned Caribbean costumes enjoying the music and street food.
Bank Holiday Monday marks the main parade day, with scores of scantily-clad performers adorned in glitter and feathers marching down the roads.
Dancers in sequinned Caribbean costumes lit up Notting Hill Carnival today as they paraded through the streets of west London this afternoon
Some of the dancers were spilling out of their costumes as they marched along the roads during the festival’s main parade day
Street performers broke out of their formations to pose for a funny snap during Carnival celebrations
Carnival dancers decorated in jewels, glitter and bird feathers poses on the main Parade day of the Notting Hill Carnival on Monday
During this year’s Carnival celebrations there were several tributes to mark the 70th anniversary of the SS Empire Windrush arriving in the UK.
In addition, yesterday at 3pm the music stopped for a 72-second silence in tribute to the 72 people who died in the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017.
The tower block is within half-a-mile of the parade route. Another silence to mark the tragedy took place this afternoon.
More women in bikini-style costumes basks enjoyed an alcoholic drink as they made their way through the carnival procession
Performers in extravagant costumes carried props and danced their way along the roads during the annual event
Bank Holiday Monday is the carnival’s Grand Finale with a culmination of dancing, street performances and steel drum music
The annual festival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday, is Europe’s largest street event
The spectacular costumes of the Notting Hill Carnival parade are on display as the dancers make their way through London
Revellers take a moment to snap some photos as the parade rumbles past in the background and music fills the air
She recalled going to carnival as a child with her family and said: ‘The one thing that stands out for me about carnival is bringing the community together. It is people coming together and having a fantastic time.
‘It is just about a good vibe, good music, good food and amazing people around you.
‘So have the best day no matter what the weather is saying.’
At 3pm the music stopped for a 72-second silence in tribute to the 72 people who died following the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017.
The tower block is within half-a-mile of the parade route.
The silence was broken at the Rampage sound stage, just off Colville Square, with cheers, whistles and the booming voice of the late Aretha Franklin singing Respect.
Despite the much cooler weather visitors from all over London and beyond have descended on Notting Hill today for Carnival
Claudia Jones, a Trinidadian human rights activist based in London, put on a BBC broadcasted indoor ‘Caribbean Carnival’ at St Pancras Town Hall back in 1959. She is widely credited with sowing the seeds for carnival in the UK by doing so. In 1966 the first outdoor festival took place in the streets of Notting Hill
Notting Hill Carnival is a community-lead event boasting an ever-increasing popularity over the last five decades
Organisers say ‘while Notting Hill Carnival is rooted in Caribbean culture, with its Windrush-generation influence remaining strongly evident, it is at the same time uniquely London – today’s London’
The community celebration will carve its way around west London in a mass of music, dancing, bold costumes and floats of soaked entertainers.
After a wave of violent crime in the capital in recent months, Scotland Yard announced knife arches had been placed at ‘strategic points’ along the route to help reassure people about their safety, though the Metropolitan Police did not disclose where.
Police hope the ‘tried and tested’ method of knife arches will put off those planning to arm themselves with knives and offensive weapons but not everybody will be expected to pass through them.
Burke described it as ‘a privilege’ and just a bit ‘nuts’ to be a carnival ambassador. It is a year-long role as the voice of carnival to help promote the community spirit and positive aspects surrounding the annual event.
A woman wearing a sparkly outfit and feathered hat smiles as the grounds gather on a beautiful bank holiday weekend
Several festival-goers ‘daggering’ – a Jamaican dance similar to twerking which became popular in the mid-2000s with the rise of Caribbean dancehall music
These performers decked herself out in bright green, gold and multicoloured feathers for the biggest street festival in the world
London’s Carnival is the only full-scale Carnival in the world to feature static sound systems – a feature introduced in 1973
Notting Hill Carnival’s Sound System tradition is rooted in Jamaican culture and Reggae music, at today’s Carnival you can hear everything from Rare Groove to House to Samba
Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing today’s event to ‘combat the threat of violent crime’ (Pictured: Officers and dancers at the festival today)
Dancers prepare to take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London today. Groups from across the city will perform
The event is expected to attract more than two million revellers to its floats, food stalls and music over the weekend
Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing today’s event to ‘combat the threat of violent crime’. This is up from the 6,100 on-duty officers at the less busy family day on Sunday
It’s thought the event expected attracted more than two million revellers in total to its floats, food stalls and music over the course of the weekend.
Singer Alexandra Burke, named on Sunday as the carnival’s first ever ambassador, carried out her first duty in the role by opening this year’s event.
Heavy rain soaked the Notting Hill Carnival yesterday but has not stopped the determined revellers who are out to party.
Instead of the t-shirt and shorts sported for the searing hot weather of just a few weeks ago, there were umbrellas and a roaring trade for colourful plastic rain macs at Europe’s biggest street party.
The spectacular costumes of the Notting Hill Carnival are on full display as the dancers make their way through London
The community celebration will carve its way around west London in a mass of music, dancing, bold costumes and floats of soaked entertainers
Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, west London
This year is the 59th Notting Hill Carnival. The free event attracts around two million visitors every year with more than 70 floats on show
Celebrations include costume-clad Caribbean’s dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music, and street vendors selling foods like seasoned jerk chicken, callaloo, and traditional goat stew
A band practices ahead of the parade during the Notting Hill Carnival in London. The carnival has been held every year since 1966 and one of the largest festival celebrations of its kind in Europe
Revellers had been asked to show respect and some, including Notting Hill Carnival Limited executive director Matthew Phillip, wore something green for Grenfell in tribute.
He proudly wore a green t-shirt with the words ‘come unity’ across the front.
He said: ‘Grenfell is very much part of our community. The people who died in the tower and survivors are part of our community. Grenfell has affected a lot of people and it is very much a live issue.
‘It is not going away. We still have members of our community in temporary housing. This is to show our support.’
Yesterday the carnival carved its way through the streets in a mass of music, dancing and elaborate floats, with many among the soaked crowd hurling paint and coloured powder at each other in celebration
A carnival performer in costume takes a selfie as she waits in the preparation area ahead of an appearance in the main Parade
On Sunday the Met said fewer people appeared to have attended than usual ‘probably because of the weather’
He said using the knife arches is part of a wide-ranging ‘belt and braces’ approach to try and make carnival safe.
Mr Phillip added: ‘London as a whole and the UK is operating under a backdrop of knife crime, and we are working to have a safe carnival. The introduction of the knife arches is one thing we have as we to try to do that.
‘There have been so many other events that have this. Notting Hill Carnival is very different because it takes place on the streets.
‘We will have even more eyes and ears on the ground from the community as well as police, and I think that will help to make sure people feel safe and to identify people who come to wrong.
‘Most people who come to carnival come to enjoy themselves, and we want that spirit of safety and unity.’
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