Ever since moving to London I had made a bucket list of things to check out including going to Notting Hill Carnival. Hence on Sunday 25th August & Monday 26th August I got my glitter on and experienced Notting Hill Carnival for the first time…
Traditionally, one day of carnival would be dedicated to a children’s parade and the other would stand as the ‘main day’ of carnival. ‘Children’s day’ was held on Sunday, however there was plenty of entertainment for older audiences – we saw many interesting floats with heavy funky music blaring out to rave to (my kinda scene!). On Monday, the ‘main day’, we experienced the ultimate carnival package: vibrant costumes, floats, side street raves, and of course many jerk chicken stalls.
Unlike the rain at last year’s carnival, this year we were blessed with scorching sunny rays of 30 degrees for the bank holiday weekend. Luckily Boots was open so we could ensure we smacked on that factor 50+!
With Carnival being the second largest festival after Rio, it is no wonder how heavily crowded the streets were with everyone pushing and shoving! My friends and I had to ensure we held onto each other for dear life if we had any hope of making it out together.
Top tip – if you want to find your friends at carnival then you’re going need to ensure you have plenty of data to send your location to your pals. Of course, it would be more ideal to meet your crew before Carnival near entrance stations like Paddington/Westbourne Park/Ladbroke Grove.
Notting Hill carnival is one of the world’s biggest street carnival attracting 2.5 million people annually in London since 1966.