Notting Hill Carnival 2015: Your Essential Guide

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This 30th & 31st August, indulge in Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival. This lively event represents London’s diverse history and present. Don’t just witness the Caribbean culture, embrace it.

The carnival festivities are a great excuse to get dirty, be adventurous or just to dress in a comical or carnival style outfit. In order to make the most out of your weekend, we have the information you need to enjoy Britain’s biggest street party!

Celebrate the local Caribbean community that has livened up this part of town since 1964. Since this part in time, they have celebrated their culture and traditions at this two-day festival of incredible live music featuring genres like reggae and salsa.

Be prepared to dance the rhythm of the samba and enjoy the costumes and sculptures that enhance the festival experience. Notting Hill Carnival includes live entertainment with a steel-band competition, events, and exotic food to excite the crowd.

Essentials:

To make the best out of this refreshing street festival, you’re going to want to bring your best vibes and be ready for an incredible time. To avoid getting irritated by environmental factors, slip on comfortable shoes, carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated, pack some wipes or sanitizer to stay clean, and wrap a hoodie around your waist for unpredicted weather change.

Events:

J’ouvert (30 August) Beginning from 6 am and running till 9 am, this festivity grants music enthusiasts the opportunity to jive along the streets to African drums or steel bands. The procession starts and finishes at Canal way, Ladbroke Grove W14 next to the Sainsbury’s car park.

Children’s Day (30 August) starting at 10 am, there will be a lively Parade for Children as the whole carnival team put their flashy costumes on show as they perform along the carnival route to the enticing rhythms supplied by the sound systems and the thrilling steel bands.

Monday Parade/Grand Finale (31 August) the final showcase begins and 10am and goes until 8:30pm  featuring a sea of bright colours as 60 bands in grandiose costumes move to the alluring rhythms of the mobile sound systems or steel bands. Revel in the brilliant continuation of vocals on the “World Music Stage” at Powis Square. Prepare to be entertained by UK Calypsonians, soca artist, visiting international artists and other talented acts.

Food:

Let the mesmerizing aroma of the Notting Hill Carnival take you to the Caribbean with marinated and richly spiced food. This carnival will delightfully introduce you to jerk chicken, rice and peas and rum punch as well as the appealing taste of other exotic cuisines. Remember to bring your appetite along to the Carnival, as you will find patties, curries, jerk chicken and fried plantain from the street stalls to take your taste buds to paradise.

Travel:

The roads and public transportation in London will be busy for travelling on August Bank Holiday weekend. To ensure that you get to this fantastic annual event without interruptions, you should plan ahead. Road closures will make traffic around the event areas busier than usual, including A5 Edgware Road, Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill Gate and Bayswater Road. Tube and rail will be the best way to get around this weekend, as well as walking, or cycling.