Largest street festival in Europe
You are looking for a bit of warmth and exoticism in London? The Notting Hill Carnival comes just in the nick of time.
The Carnival was created in 1964 for the African Caribbean community in order to celebrate their culture and traditions.It is an event recognized throughout England and renowned.
As you can imagine the event attracts many people and each year, around one million people are pushed out in the streets. This is why it is the largest street festival in Europe.
Date and place
The event takes place every year in late August. This year the Festival will be held August 28 to 29 in the famous district of Notting Hill.
Animation and Programm
Here is the programm that will guide you throughout the carnival.
First of all you can enjoy some nice activities on Saturday, August 27 with the “Panorama Steel Band” which proposes to start the festivities with international artists who will offer diverse and varied music shows.
This will run from 6pm to 10pm at the Horniman’s Pleasance park. For more information don’t hesitate to check the website.
Sunday, August 28 is the family day in the carnival. From 10 am to 8:30 p.m. you can take your children to dress up and enjoy the Carnival with you.
On Monday, August 31 is held the eagerly awaited moment: The Big Final Parade.
From 12pm to 7pm you can admire a rainbow of colors, shapes, materials, dances to make you lose your head, you will also see in lavish costumes and many other things.
The first advice I can give you is to WEAR adequate and comfortable shoes.So do not try to do as dancers with their high heels, you may regret it !Flat shoes or trainers will be your best friends.
Another helpful advice: PLAN your journey before leaving. As you imagine the streets are full of people like the subway and bus lines.
Do not bother with your wallet: BRING fifty pounds. This will be enough for you to have a great day.
Finally, I suggest you to IMMERSE you in the Carnival and Caribbean culture. Let yourself be carried away by the music, the traditional food and the spray paints that will cover you of a rainbow of colors.
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