On 26-27 August took place the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world's largest street carnivals. Each year, close to one million people attend this two-day celebration of Caribbean heritage on the streets of Notting Hill. Celebrations include costume-clad Caribbean's dancing to traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music.
All pictures by Michael Sabo
Sunday 26 August started early, at 6:00 am, with a traditional carnival opening performed in the Caribbean Islands called J'Ouvert. The main attraction was a parade starting and ending on Canal Way in Ladbroke Grove. All day and into the night visitors could catch live music on stages and sample foods from vendors while listening to all kinds of Caribbean inspired music from 38 static sound systems.
As always, the Grand Finale was on Monday 27 August with a culmination of dancing, street performances, steel drum music groups, and the Notting Hill Grand Finale Parade.
Numerous volunteers from St John Ambulance England and The Islands were present to provide medical coverage. Among them, a volunteer from Johanniter Austria made the trip from Vienna to help our English JOIN member.