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|Notting Hill Gears Up for Carnival
- 1.5 million to line west London streets
EUROPE'S biggest carnival starts this Saturday in Notting Hill, the area of west London now doubly famous thanks to the Hugh Grant/Julia Roberts film from a few years ago.
One and a half million people are expected to show up over the carnival's three day spread, ready to watch the hundreds of stunningly decorated floats, listen to some of today's best dance music; sample a bewildering variety of food from around the world and gawp at massed humanity in all its partying glory.
Though this year's carnival is likely to be the biggest in terms of numbers, changes made to the procession route, timings and policing mean some regulars fear it may lose some of its raw appeal. The official float procession and sound stages are now meant to finish by 7.00, rather than 9.00 as in previous years.
Nevertheless, often one of the key factors in making carnival a memorable one is the weather and the experts are forecasting mostly sunny times this weekend, with occasional showers to freshen things up a bit.