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Notting Hill Carnival: How to celebrate an annual Caribbean festival event in Europe

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Notting Hill Carnival How to celebrate an annual Caribbean festival event in Europe

The Notting Hill Carnival, held in West London on August 28 this year, has become one of the greatest street festivals in Europe. It celebrates the British West Indian community and encourages cultural unity. During the ’60s, the festival sprang up as one way for address to community unrest and improve racial relations. It is an annual Caribbean festival event.

Today, the carnival features a parade with elaborate floats and colorful, costumed performers. Spectators dance to steel bands and calypso music. Thus, to get into the spirit of the Caribbean, eat a few peas and rice and different delicacies and be as far as possible to inhabit the Notting Hill Carnival. Surrender yourself completely to those great West Indian vibes!

Family day is on Carnival Sunday, August 28, 2022. The official opening ceremony will happen from 10 am to 10.30 am on Great Western road, before the kids’ day parade and Carnival Parade starts off and runs until 5 pm.

Interesting and Fun Facts Steelpan or Steel Drum, a Musical Instrument

When is the Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival happens this end of the week with events starting off on Saturday 27 August.

Nonetheless, the official opening of the carnival is on Sunday with the event going through to Monday 29 August. It is allowed to join in, albeit certain events and after-parties might require tickets).

It has been going on for five decades and more than one million individuals are supposed to visit the carnival over the bank holiday end of the week.

As per the Notting Hill Carnival (NHC) website: “London’s NHC is second only to Brazil’s Rio Carnival in size, and is now one of the globe’s largest annual arts events. NHC is considered to be the largest street event in Europe.”

What could we at any point expect?

A host of entertainment, fabulous costumes, great food, DJs, dancing, and music ‐ lots of it.

Prepare for Mas (short for masquerade) bands, steel bands, calypso, Brazilian bands, and sound systems among other musical treats.

This year the celebrated UK National Panorama Steelband Competition likewise returns.

Saturday 27 August

  • Panorama, the UK’s greatest steel pan competition, happens at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, W10 3DH from 6-11 pm. This event requires a ticket.

Sunday 28 August

  • The customary celebration of J’Ouvert before the formal beginning of Carnival happens from 6 am to 9 am at Sainsbury’s, Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA.
  • The Official Notting Hill Carnival 2022 Opening Ceremony begins from 10 am to 10.30 am at the Judging Zone on Great Western Road.
  • The Children’s Day Parade and Carnival place from 10.30 am to 5 pm.
  • The Adults ‘Dutty Mas’ with an extended J’Ouvert theme from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm is placed on the Parade Route.

Monday 29 August

  • Adults Day Parade and Carnival 10.30 am to 8.30 pm on the Parade Route.

What’s more, across both Sunday and Monday:

  • Static Sound Systems 12 pm to 7 pm
  • Judging Point Closes 8.30 pm – Great Western Road / Westbourne Park Road Street
  • More information can be found here.

What is the route for the Notting Hill Carnival parade?

Notting Hill Carnival takes place in west London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC).

The parade route, which is around three and a half miles long, will take in:

  • Ladbroke Grove
  • Westbourne Grove
  • Chepstow Road
  • Great Western Road
  • Kensal Road

The event map shows the route set apart out in red as well as the location of among others the judging zone, safety zones, street trading, and sound systems.

How might I arrive?

There will be industrial activity by London United Buses on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August. The council has cautioned that will be there as soon as humanly possible “limited services running to and from West and South West London and Carnival”.

It advises carnival goers to actually look at the Transport for London website for more information.

There is more information on the bus strikes here.

The London overground stations nearest to the carnival are Queen’s Park, Kensal Rise, Kensal Green, and Shepherd’s Bush. A Saturday timetable will run on the bank holiday Monday.

Nearby tube stations will be exceptionally occupied – with some closed, closing early, or confronting different disturbances.

The tube stations affected are:

  • Ladbroke Grove – closed on both days
  • Holland Park – closed from 15:00 on both days
  • Royal Oak – exit only from 11:00 until 18:00. Closed from 18:00 on
    both days
  • Queensway – exit only from 11:00 until 18:00. Open from 18:00 on both days
  • Latimer Road – closed from 23:30 on both days
  • Westbourne Park – exit only from 11:00 until 18:00. Closed from 23:30 on both days
  • Notting Hill Gate – exit just, and District and Circle line trains won’t stop from 11:00 until 18:00. No exchange between the Circle and District line and the Central line the entire day on the two days
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