It is that time of the year when the sun is out and shining bright. Young and old Londoners are enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. Like a dash of colour to the entire August setting is the country’s biggest street party, Notting Hill London Carnival 2015, scheduled to happen from 29th to 31st of August.
The festival was first celebrated in 1959 as a reminiscent of The Notting Hills riots. Over the years it has undergone a complete makeover and gained a unique Caribbean flavour to it. Today it is one of the most important carnivals in the world that attracts more than 100,000 spectators from across different countries. What makes the festival a hot favourite among visitors in London is that it is free for all participants.
The carnival starts on 29th evening with an open air celebration for all music lovers accompanied by performances from national steel bands sets the Bosworth Road on fire. Entire families come together to watch these colourful performances and dance in joy. Following this is the Sunday Parade, a specialty for young children. As the steel bands deliver mesmerising music, young children dance to these tunes in extraordinary costumes. Artists from Association of the British Calypsonians and other international calypsonian association render outstanding performances during the show. There is music and dance from all genres to entertain people throughout the day. The show starts at 10 AM and runs till 8 PM. Food and drinks are organised to keep spectators energised always.
Distinguished highlights of the show include Jouvert, an early morning adventure marked with comic presentations and great music from African drummers. The last day of the festival showcases a grand finale in which more than 50 bands come together with pulsating music and dance performances. The festival is a perfect combination of colours, music and dance. This unique festival of London is a highly recommended festivity for all tourists.
If you plan to be a part of this celebration, it is important to be prepared for to handle the heavy crowd. Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes and take additional care of your belongings while enjoying the show.