MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL BE HEADING TO WEST LONDON THIS SUNDAY TO SOAK UP IN THE CARIBBEAN CULTURE WITH THE NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL.
August bank holiday in London means only one thing: Notting Hill Carnival, with his flamboyant costumes descending upon streets filled with tourists, sequins and steel bands. Founded fifty-two years ago it’s Europe’s biggest street festival, a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. In preparation for the weekend RedMilk Magazine presents an overview of Notting Hill Carnival facts.
. First held on August Bank Holiday weekend in 1964, this will be the 52th Notting Hill Carnival.
. The first carnival was organised by Claudia “Mother of Carnival” Jones, a Trinidad political activist and journalist.
. The event is inspired by traditional 19th century Caribbean carnivals, and began as a small local festival for the community.
. It’s now the second largest carnival in the world. Just behind the famous one in Rio de Janeiro.
. The carnival was originally held in a small town hall, but now spans over 20 miles around West London.
. It was after the 1976 riots at the carnival that The Clash front man, Joe Strummer wrote the band’s classic song “White Riot”.
. On the Sunday, the Trinidad contingent traditionally have a giant, messy, “chocolate fight”.
. The carnival is notorious for live music stages and the after-parties (featuring acts for the likes of M.I.A. or Jamiroquai), which are held in venues surrounding the area.
Notting Hill Carnival runs over August 28-29