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Notting Hill Carnival 2017

Sarah Griffiths By Sarah Griffiths | August 28, 2017 | United Kingdom

The annual Notting Hill carnival kicked off on the streets of west London on Sunday with the Family Day parade. More than 2 million people were expected to attend Europe’s biggest street party over two days of the bank holiday weekend.

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival is organised by London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust.
Typically the festival kicked off on the Saturday evening with Panorama – a free open air evening of competitive performance by national steel bands.
Sunday morning opened with J’ouvert  ( “opening of the day” from the French Jour ouvert)   a traditional procession before sunrise, where participants cover their body in mud to celebrate the start of carnival.
At the Sunday Parade (Family Day) that followed, children showcase their flamboyant costumes and danced along the carnival route to the rhythms provided by mobile sound systems or steel bands.
There was also a "World Music Stage" featuring calypso and soca performances by the Association of British Calypsonians and other visiting and emerging artists, plus static sound systems around the site.
The Monday Parade is the Grand Finale:
• more steel bands
• mobile sound systems
• dancers and performers
• live and recorded music

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