The Notting Hill Carnival is a street procession and festival which takes
place in the area of west London known as Notting Hill during the long Bank Holiday
weekend at the end of August. It is organised by the Caribbean community in London.
It is one of the largest street celebrations in Europe, and has been taking place
annually for about 40 years.
There are five key components of the carnival, each organised by a different association:
- Calypso (ABC - Association of British Calypsonians)
- Soca (CMA - Caribbean Music Association)
- Static Sound Systems (BASS - British Association of Sound Systems)
- Masquerade (NHMBA - Notting Hill Mas Bands Association)
- Steelpan (BAS - British Association of Steelbands)
The National Panorama Championship is a steel band competition on Saturday
27 August 2011. Artists will perform on stage during the afternoon. The competition
usually takes place from about 5pm-9:30pm in London's Hyde Park.
This year's Children's Day parade will be on Sunday 28 August 2011.
The Adult's Day parade will be on Monday 29 Aug 2011.
Processions start on Great Western Road, after which they follow a loop along
Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove (map).
There will also be sound systems in the roads close to the procession route.
Note that the nearest Tube stations may be shut for safety reasons, and bus routes
will be changed during the carnival.
Useful links for people in the UK from the Caribbean: Links/Caribbean
Events in the UK in August: Ideas/Events/August
Carnaval del Pueblo: Ideas/Album/CarnavalDelPueblo
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