Notting Hill Carnival

August is a busy time for most people. Between the summer school vacations and the multitude of concerts and festivals, you might find it tough to figure out what to do. I’ve got a good suggestion through for you for the upcoming bank holiday weekend at the end of August – the Notting Hill Carnival.

Wait, what’s the Notting Hill Carnival you ask? Let me tell you, the Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most entertaining festivals held in London through the summer. It dates back to 1966, and is held on the streets of Notting Hill in the Kensington and Chelsea borough of London. It has a distinctive West Indies flavour, and draws in well over one million people each year. The time is right this year for you to be a part of those million people enjoying the largest street festival in the world. You can dress up in a colourful and elaborate costume and dance in the streets, building up an amazing set of memories that you can treasure for many years to come.

Notting Hill CarnivalThe music is one of the best parts of this Carnival. The streets are filled with the pulsing rhythms of Calypso, and Soca. Steel Pan bands are playing in the parades, and on the street corners, and there are 40 stages set up with DJs and various Caribbean bands belting out some truly incredible music.

Other than dancing in the streets, what else can you do here? Well, a quick sniff of the aromas wafting through the air will give you a hint… the food. There are literally hundreds of food stalls offering up every kind of Caribbean and West Indies food you can imagine.  You can try out dozens of jerk chicken recipes, fried plantains with hot pepper sauces, and juicy curried goat. Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Notting Hill CarnivalI know where I will be on the long weekend in August… in fact I’m already planning my costume, and dieting to make room for all the wonderful food I know I’ll be eating that weekend.

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