The sun is shining for the second and final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, featuring bright smiles, elaborate costumes, and plenty of dancing as the Children’s Day Parade took place on Saturday, winding its way through W10. Organizers, who hailed the carnival as “the greatest community-led event on the planet,” expressed their joy in witnessing the next generation leading the parade, dancing in the streets adorned with their meticulously crafted costumes.
The event also paid tribute to the 72 victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, which occurred in a nearby block of flats in North Kensington in June 2017. Attendees observed a 72-second silence that started at 3 pm in their honor. Over two million people are anticipated to participate in the weekend’s festivities, as the carnival commemorates two significant anniversaries: the arrival of the Empire Windrush 75 years ago and the introduction of sound systems to the parade 50 years ago.
Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, serves as a celebration of Caribbean culture and history. Extensive road closures are in place for the event, and Transport for London has provided travel advice to manage the increased congestion in the area.