More Drama at Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival started in 1964 and has taken place annually ever since. It is the world’s second largest free street festival, and has attracted up to 2 million revellers in the past. The carnival is held by the Caribbean population in the area, many of whom have been in Notting Hill since the 1950s. The first ever of these carnivals was in fact held indoors in 1959 and was a response to the horrific racial rows that used to dominate the area. In the early days the carnival was marred by riots, but as its popularity grew police learned to keep the situation under control.
This year, Notting Hill Carnival took place on the traditional date of August bank holiday. Around 600,000 people attended over the two days; the first day was more calm and civilised, but as usual the second day was a bit more rowdy with many people drunk and disorderly. Police made 222 arrests this year – mostly for drugs offences and public order. This figure was 62 arrests less than last year, with police implementing stop and search techniques throughout the Notting Hill area and around London. They recovered a knife and a bullet proof vest from one group.
Despite the heavy police presence, there were some serious injuries at the carnival. One boy was found on Monday with multiple stab wounds to his chest, abdomen and leg – he was just 15 years old. He was discovered by police on Monmouth Road and is now in a stable condition in hospital. As of yet, no arrests have been made in connection with the stabbing.
Hip Hop star Miss Dynamite was planned to make a surprise appearance at Powis Square for the carnival, but Kensington and Chelsea Council decided to cancel her performance just hours before she was due to arrive. This was due to crowd safety fears.
Although there was the usual drama at Notting Hill Carnival, it is still described as “Europe’s greatest cultural event”. London escorts and local residents love the vibrant cacophony of music, bright colours and dancing. The parade that moves through the streets is infamous for being one of the most flamboyant festivals of its kind. There are bright costumes, food stalls and thousands of people to enjoy the atmosphere. You can experience steel drum bands in the traditional Caribbean style, see beautiful floats and individual stalls. The benefits of Notting Hill Carnival have yet to be overshadowed by the rowdy behaviour.