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06/08/03
Notting Hill in Carnival Spirits
- Annual street festival to draw over a million people

WELL over a million people will flock to the streets of Notting Hill west London this weekend for the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

From its beginnings as a small Trinidadian community parade in the 1950s through serious race riots and pitched battles with the police in some of the years thereafter, Carnival has come a long way to the extent that some now see it as a commercialised betrayal of its roots.

It is less exclusively Caribbean in nature, though Trinidadian and Jamaican sights and sounds still dominate the atmosphere, but perhaps the most significant change has been to the crowds who flock to the event, Europe's biggest street festival. These days far more non-Caribbean Londoners and tourists turn up than ever before.

The highlight of Carnival weekend is the Bank Holiday Monday where the sounds are at their strongest and the party is at its hardest, but the Sunday, known as Children's Day, has become increasingly popular in recent years.




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