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CARNIVAL comes to London but once a year. But when it comes, it comes big time. A million people calypsoed their way around the streets of Notting Hill this August bank holiday weekend, making this the largest free street festival in the World.

Live music from the hundreds of floats and 47 serious sound systems pumped up the party to Londoners grown weary of a sweltering long hot summer.

Even the Metropolitan Police seemed pleased with the festival's progress. Commander Michael Messinger in charge of policing the event said: "Overall I am extremely pleased with the way that the carnival has gone this year".


Even so a French student was shot on Sunday and there were 4 stabbings on the Monday. Despite these "isolated" occurrences total reports of crime were down to 101 from 176 last year.

Facts and Figures from Carnival '97:


Police Estimates: 200 000 (Saturday), 700 000 (Sunday)

Carnival Organisers Estimate: 2 000 000 (over the long weekend)

The Procession:

Number of Floats: 120

Distance of Procession Route: 4 miles (6 kilometres)

The Sound Systems

Number of Systems: 47

Music: Calypso, Reggae, Soca, Soul, Hip-Hop, Trance, Techno

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