Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 Was a Hot and Sunny One!


The last 2 years at Notting Hill Carnival were rather hard work in the rain and the chilly temperatures but 2016 saw blue skies and a full burst of summer. It’s one of London’s great events and a major feature in our diaries.

I was taking a couple of guests around and they loved the sights, the sounds and the food. We saw the parade of costumes and floats which had more emphasis on samba than I’ve heard before, so was great for dancing.  We ate jerk chicken and saltfish with ackee on the kerbside, danced to the sound stages and got caught up in the raving crowds by Rampage but escaped intact! My guests loved it and thought it was an amazing to experience this side of London’s culture but were glad to dive into the wonderfully calm Commander Bar afterwards to recover…

Here are a few photos to give you a feel of how much fun it is to spend a few hours in the carnival spirit.

My favourite carnival band are Batala. You hear them coming streets away with their incredible loud and fierce rhythmic drumming.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 - Batala

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 - Batala

How do they keep so cheerful, it’s such a long day of dancing and smiling?

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

New this year – composting toilets – remarkably good…

Notting Hill Carnival 2016 - toilets

I love the inclusiveness of the parade:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

A hint of panto with this one:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Another marching band:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

She matched the sunshine with this amazing head dress:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Not sure what the references were here but lots of green was fun:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Always lots of dancing at carnival:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

I just had to include this one!

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

It gets busy…

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Getting covered in paint or chocolate is a favourite look.  These folk were trying to persuade me to join in with this group and be in the parade next year. Who knows…

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

It’s called ‘wining’ not twerking and there’s a lot of it going on…

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Anything for the best view and to be seen…

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

In case you were not sure, Red Stripe is the drink of carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Many residents head to the country when carnival weekend hits the streets but others set up a rum shack and have fun.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

This truck wanted to dress up too:

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Very happy to pose in her great costume.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

Covered in chocolate and having a great time.

Notting Hill Carnival 2016

So there you are, another Notting Hill Carnival is over and we’re looking forward to 2017 already!

Bye for now,
Sue
@itsyourlondon
www.itsyourlondon.co.uk


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