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Notting Hill Carnival – FREE 25-27 August

It comes every summer. London sets aside the days encompassing their ‘bank holiday’ for one of the world’s largest street carnivals, Notting Hill Carnival. Each year, close to one million people attend this celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill. Celebrations include costume-clad Caribbeans dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music, and street vendors selling foods like seasoned jerk chicken, callaloo, and traditional goat stew. Many Caribbean foods have roots from cuisines native to Europe, America, China, and Africa.

The Caribbean is a favorite vacation destination and comprises many islands that are all part of a huge archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. These tropical, beautiful islands were the contention of many European countries who each wanted ownership of a part of this gorgeous region. The English acquired St. Kiss, Barbados, Antigua, and other islands in the 17th century. It’s common for many peoples of the Caribbean islands to reside in England.

That first event in 1959 spurred on the yearly carnival that includes a large parade with speakers lining its route sharing Caribbean history, colorful and vivid representations of Caribbean traditions, and countless displays of the Technicolor wares of this island nation. Revelry includes parties, foods, and tropical drinks, many centering on favorite ingredients like rum.

This annual celebration in held in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is organized and managed by the people of British West Indian communities and it is a significant happening for the Black British culture in London. Close to one million people attend this extravaganza of Caribbean culture and in 2006, the United Kingdom voted to add the Notting Hill Carnival to the famous list of icons of England.

Event website: https://www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com/