Updated: Aug 30
In 1959 Claudia Jones, a Trinidadian human rights activist living in London organised an indoor Carnival and planted the seeds for Carnival in the UK. In 1966 the first outdoor Carnival took place in the streets of Notting Hill after local resident and social worker Rhuane Laslett organised an event for children following racial tensions in the area after the race riots.
Now Notting Hill Carnival attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year and is the largest carnival in the world after Brazil. It is a celebration of cultures, a time to be free and let go of inhibitions. It takes place during August Bank Holiday weekend each year so if you can’t make this one we’ll see you next time!
The streets are bursting with colour as people dance like nobody’s watching to the rhythm of Soca and Reggae music. The Steel Pans and Masquerade Bands take you on an exhilarating journey in a crowd that is inclusive and joyous.
Sound systems continue to play in the streets and food is plentiful from street vendors along the route who fill the air with an array of smells you can’t resist
Notting Hill Carnival remains a community-organised carnival that continues to protect the heritage of carnival as an important art form and cultural tradition.
Root2Ginger family are at Carnival as usual and we going to Dance, Laugh, Eat and Jump Whine Whooahhhh!