Thursday, 22 August 2013

Notting Hill Carnival 2013

Here it comes a new reason for going out and party. And to revisit beautiful Notting Hill. If you're planning to go there in the Bank Holiday Weekend , 25-26 of August you're gonna find a different vibe from the usual calm and posh one you're used to.

Europe and the whole world will come to cheer, have a beer and watch the dancers showing off their colorful costumes and sexy moves. The Carnival Bands will take to the roads from around 9am on Sunday 25th August 2013 and the same time on Monday 26th of August. 2013. The Carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm as shown on

Over 40 000 volunteers are participating to this year event and more than one million people are expected to crowd the streets of Notting Hill. 

At first, Nothing Hill Carnival started as a local festival for the West Indian community living in the aria, but over  time has become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival. 

In the mid 20th Century, lots of Caribbean immigrants were offered jobs in United Kingdom hoping that their work will ease the efforts put in postwar reconstruction. But very soon they had to face the racist manifestations of the white population.

Back then, the carnival rendered homage to the vibrant Caribbean culture and managed to bring everybody together in a festive atmosphere. Today, the carnival it's a wowing show of colors, music, food, energy and exuberance, celebrating London's diversity. The sounds of traditional steel drums, the amazing floats, hundreds of food stalls from around the world and not forgetting those twenty miles parade of colorful costumes, all of these bring new flavors to London and constitute the biggest street festival in Europe and second in the world after the one in Rio.


The most exciting event of the year gets under way this Saturday evening with a steel band contest followed by the Kid's Day on Sunday,  when the best costumes are going to be awarded. The main parade begins on Monday and has its starting line on Great Western Road, then winds its way on Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove. In the evening the parade ends and leaves the revellers to continue the fun at many after parties organized for the special event. 

It is advisable to use public transport to get to Notting Hill, as most of the local roads will be closed for cars. Also for safety reasons some stations close temporarily if they become overcrowded and it's recommended to wait until the station reopens rather than finding an alternative station.