Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival started in 1964, and has taken place on the streets of Notting Hill London every year since over a 2 day period.
The Carnival can attract up to 2 million people making it the 2nd largest street festival in the world after the Rio Carnival held in Brazil.
The Carnival was originally introduced as a measure to improve race relations in the area
We were very lucky on our trip to London, as we did not know the Carnival was taking place until we arrived. We decided to attend the 1st day known as Children's Day (We were flying back to Peoria on the main day). This was held on the 25th August and most of the Carnival events were organised specifically for children.
We walked to the event past thousands of other spectators and police, however the atmosphere was friendly and every one was in party mood (Even the Police).
We found a good spot to watch the event, and just before the first parade arrived and the heaven's opened up, there were umbrellas everywhere, but fortunately the rain let up before the parade got to the point at which we were standing
Photo's from the Carnival.