Most people known of the Notting Hill Carnival.\
Music, floats, dancers, food - it's a great event, and definitely worth a visit.
The Notting Hill Website haw been updated: http://www.mynottinghill.co.uk/nottinghilltv/carnival1.htm
A 'borrowed' review... from HERE
"Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, Notting Hill Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in Europe.
Started as a local festival set up by the West Indian immigrants of the area it has now become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of visitors from around the world. With scores of massive sound systems, many spectacular floats and, of course, the traditional steel drum bands, plus hundreds of stalls lining the streets this is probably London’s most exciting annual event and we’re here to give you the lowdown on every minute of it ...
Music is at the heart of Notting Hill Carnival, with traditional and contemporary sounds filling the air for miles around. Historically steel bands, Soca & Calypso Music have been at the heart of Carnival but in recent years these have been overtaken by the static sound systems playing anything from Reggae to R&B, Funk, House, Dub and much more. Live stages also feature local bands, top international artists and sounds from around the world – Eddie Grant, Jamiroquai, Wyclef Jean, Courtney Pine and Burning Spear have been among the eclectic line up in previous years.
Think Carnival and images of bright, outlandish costumes, imaginative floats and dancing on the streets inevitably spring to mind. The Carnival parade winds through three miles of Notting Hill’s major streets, flanked by visitors jostling to get a look at what’s happening. A parade takes place on each day of Carnival – on Sunday the Children’s Day parade is less spectacular but also less crowded while Monday is traditionally main parade day - with groups from as far afield as South America, Africa and, of course, the Caribbean bringing music, dance and costume to the area in spectacular style.
Traditionally Mas is at the heart of Carnival culture. For months in advance groups taking part in this year’s event will have been working on intricate costumes; designing, making patterns, sewing, gluing and painting. Some of these groups will be professional costume makers, others community projects with little or no experience but plenty of enthusiasm. Wherever they begin the amazing end results are just what makes Notting Hill Carnival recognisable the world over.
There’s nothing quite like the smell of Carnival – no we’re not talking sweaty drinkers who can’t find their way to the nearest public convenience, we’re talking traditional Caribbean food. For many of us Carnival is all about the scoff and the sup. One of the few public events where food is about more than salmonella burgers and undercooked chips, Notting Hill Carnival provides the perfect introduction to jerk chicken, rice and peas and rum punch as well as the odd taste of other exotic cuisines.
Read more about Soca & Calypso Music
Laura Heaps, MyVillage, 08th July "