London, England has definitely changed over the years as it’s now one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
And to celebrate the Caribbean influence on the city, you’re invited to the annual Notting Hill Carnival from Aug 29-Aug 30, 2010.
The carnival sees about a million revellers hit the streets of London’s Notting Hill section in West London to celebrate the biggest street festival in Europe.
The two-day party consists of colorful and creative floats that blast out music all day long, as well as serving up delicious Jamaican Patties, Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and other fabulous foods.
The first Notting Hill carnival was celebrated back in 1966 when the local Caribbean Community got together to launch a festival that featured steel bands along with Soca, Calypso, and Reggae music that was similar to the Trinidad Carnival. Other cultures joined in and the present carnival was born.
The brightly-decorated floats and people parade along the streets and are followed closely by dancers dressed in flamboyant outfits. There’s a route they follow and they only make it around once, but it takes about seven hours to complete it.
The party’s just as fun now as it was back in 1966 and the only thing that’s changed really is the music as there are now more styles added, such as Ska, Funk, Soul, House, and Hip-Hop. There are a lot of world-class entertainers to entertain and often surprise guests.
The first day of the festival (Sunday,) is known as Kids’ Day as there are numerous activities to keep them busy and entertained.
For more information on the Notting Hill Carnival in London, England, visit www.thenottinghillcarnival.com