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Notting Hill Carnival 2013

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Believe it or not, Notting Hill, one of the most sought after and costliest places to live in London, wasn't always this cool. In an early part of the not so distant 60s, the place was being torn apart in racial rifts when the original organisers of the Notting Hill Carnival, hailing from the Caribbean, decided to do something good for the cultural unity. They decided to bring a part of the Trinidad Carnival to the streets of London, and in 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival was born.


Since its early days, the Carnival has bloomed and blossomed with the number of attendees rising from a mere 500 in the 60s to millions now. This year you can expect at least half a million plus performers dancing to the rhythmic beats of 40 different sound systems.

To be held on 25th and 26th of August (Sunday being more family oriented and for kids, and Monday for adults) it will be preceded on Saturday with Steel Band competitions. Watch out for the likes of Red Bull already selling tickets to gigs.

The Carnival will start at 9am on Sunday and will carry on till around 7 in the evening. There will be prizes to be won by kids who dress their part for the carnival. On Monday, the main parade would also start at 9am on the Great Western Road. The main parade would be followed by floats later in the day and topped up by after parties with free music and dancing.

There is also a free Notting Hill Carnival App that you can download to find your way through the rush.

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Why? London's most famous carnival
When: August 2013
Where: Notting Hill
Cost: Free
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