Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival, one the largest street festivals in the world, is held each August in London and is led by members of the West Indian Community.
This huge traditional party with Caribbean roots annually attracts thousands of people to London to celebrate with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls.
The roots of Notting Hill Carnival comes from two strands: in 1959 this carnival was organized by Claudia Jones, the Mother of the Notting Hill Carnival, as a response to the depressing state of race relations at the time.
The other strand was the “hippie” London Free School which inspired festival in Notting Hill and became the first organized outside event in August 1966.
In recent years this event has become a dynamic celebration of London’s multicultural diversity especially dominated by Caribbean culture.