Notting Hill Carnival round up

Growing ever larger since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival has become the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year on the August bank holiday weekend over 1 million carnival revellers head to the streets of West London to enjoy the delights of twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes with hundreds of Caribbean food stalls and 40 static sound systems along the way.

The Carnival kicks off on the Saturday with the steel band competition. Sunday is a family friendly day and sees the Children’s Parade and costume prizes awarded. The festivities build up to Bank Holiday Monday when the when the main parade takes place. Come evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and the revellers can continue on at the various after-parties.

To help amid all the noise, people and confusion we’ve rounded up some Brasilian and Latin highlights below to help you enjoy all the sounds and colours…

28th | Saturday
La Bomba
£12 in advance, £15 on the door, 10.30pm-4am
Notting Hill Carnival Warm-up Party with DJ Mesta + the UK Launch of the “Feel The Noise” street dance movie DVD.

29th | Sunday
Maracatu Estrela do Norte

Since 2002 Maracatu has been playing music from Brasil’s northeastern region of Pernambuco, featuring in numerous festivals, carnivals and shows over the past few years.

29th | Sunday
The Hot Caribbean Carnival After Party + Carnival Recos
02 Academy Islington. N1 OPS
£10 in advance, £12 on the door, 10pm-5am
‘The Hot Caribbean Carnival’ will keep you dancing non-stop to hip-shaking Soca, Dancehall, Zouk, Reggae, Kompa, Salsa, Reggaeton, Kizomba, Hip-Hop, R&B, Funky House and more with top DJs.

30th | Monday
Red Bull Carnival Party

The annual Red Bull Carnival Party offers the hottest ticket of the Notting Hill Carnival Bank Holiday Weekend,

30th | Monday
London School of Samba

No strangers to the Top Ten groups of the Notting Hill Carnival, London’s first samba school will be doing a full parade on the Monday with the theme of ‘Enredo: Gods, Myths & Monsters’, with Zeus, Artemis and Spartan warriors galore.

30th | Monday
Paraíso School of Samba

Already very well-known due to all their previous participation at Notting Hill Carnival, this year the theme of their parade is the 2010 celebrations of independence of South American countries.


29th – 30th August, Notting Hill Area

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