The Notting Hill Carnival

by Be-Blogger U.K. on: August 29th, 2012

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Sang Tan/AP)

(Photo by Will Olivera/APP/Getty Images)

Over the Bank Holiday weekend West London have held its annual event Notting Hill Carnival, known as Europe’s largest and spirited festival founded by the West Indian community of Notting Hill in 1965, many of whom lived in the area since the 50s.  The carnival celebrates the abolition of slavery and the slave trade and the joy of freedom, it attracts over a million of revellers and visitors from all around the world to witness the spectrum arrays of bright and colour costumes, live Caribbean music bands and vast multitude of food stalls serving the traditional Jerk chicken, curried goat and peas and rice.

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

(Photo by Facundo Arizzabalaga/EPA)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Image)

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Celebrating the freedom and, featuring the strong elements of dancing and dressing up bright colourful costumes mostly features and elaborate feathered headdresses, mimicking the European fashions of their former masters, their faces covered (even in friendly flour/paint fight) in white or colourful flour and paint in a fun sort of way.  How amazing the event were held together by the hands of the local volunteers?  Perfect timing as the Paralympic 2012 is happening just around the corner.

 

(Photos by Oli Scarff, Sang Tan, Facundo Arrizabalaga, Will Olivera, Getty Images, APP, EPA via Guardian.co.uk)

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