Anticipated to draw in a crowd of over two million attendees, Notting Hill Carnival is set to make its grand return to the streets of west London on Sunday and Monday.
The lively event promises yet another captivating display of music, dance, and vibrant steel bands as the three-mile parade winds through the W10 area.
This year’s Carnival holds special significance as it marks its 55th anniversary, having been canceled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid pandemic. Matthew Phillip, the chief executive, expressed confidence that this year’s celebration will once again be remarkable. Additionally, the event commemorates 75 years since the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush.
Mayor Sadiq Khan emphasized the significance of Carnival as a representation of the city’s core values, highlighting how London’s diversity is not a mere tolerable aspect but a source of strength to be celebrated proudly. He stated, “Carnival is the embodiment of our city’s highest ideals, of how London’s diversity is not a weakness to be tolerated grudgingly, but a strength to be celebrated proudly.” As an advocate for the diverse community of London, Khan asserted his commitment to supporting this celebration of culture, identity, and freedom to flourish.
The event’s schedule for Sunday, known as family day, will begin with the traditional J’Ouvert followed by the official commencement of the parade. J’Ouvert festivities will take place from 6am to 9am at Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn