The Notting Hill Carnival Is A Celebration of London's Multi-cultural Diversity

The Notting Hill Carnival is the second largest street festival in the world after the Rio Carnival. This annual event, held at each August Bank Holiday since 1966 is organised by the Caribbean community with the help of over 40,000 volunteers.

The carnival at Notting Hill was originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions.

The carnival has attracted up to 2 million people in the past and will continue to draw large followings due to its popularity, colourful parades and carnival atmosphere.

There is a steel band competition - The National Panorama Championship - to be held in Hyde Park on Saturday 29th August 2009 from 5.00pm to 9.30pm. Artists will perform on stage during the afternoon.

In 2009 this two day event will take place on Sunday and Monday (30th-31st August).

The carnival parades will begin on Sunday with Children's Day , which is specifically for children, families and young people. Many young children and teenagers will be parading in elaborate costumes and wearing painted faces.

The main event will take place on Monday. Processions start on Great Western Road, after which they follow a loop along Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove. There will also be sound systems along the procession route.

The streets of Notting Hill Gate will come alive with street dancing and the sounds of Caribbean music, with Soca and Calypso music and Reggae to R&B, filling the air for miles around.

Live stages will feature local bands, top international artists and sounds from around the world.

The carnival provides an excellent opportunity to try some mouth-watering Caribbean food like jerk chicken, patties, curries, fried plantain, rice and peas and much, much more...

Do make your way to the carnival in good time as the nearest underground stations may be shut for safety reasons, and bus routes will be changed during the Notting Hill Carnival.

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