Notting Hill Carnival 2012

| July 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Notting Hill Carnival 2012

When: UK’s August Bank Holiday and the day before(scheduled on August 26-27 2012).

Where: Notting Hill, Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, UK

 History:

The Notting Hill Carnival started as an indoor celebration of West Indian culture in 1959.

At the time, the Trinidad and Tobago British population, or Trinis, faced strained race relations within the London community. The festivities were meant to improve interracial relations after the Notting Hill Riots that took place a year before. Several years later, in 1966, the hippie movement led by the London Free School organized an outside event to promote cultural unity. Russell Henderson’s Steel Band went around town to entertain neighborhood children. This street party turned into a carnival procession over the years.

In the 1970s, the carnival was usually upset by riots which usually involved the police and the Caribbean youth. Most of the establishment figures at the time did not lend support primarily because of the cost the festival was putting on taxpayers in the context of crowd control and peace and order. Prince Charles was one of the few figures who agreed to have the carnival continued.

 About the Event:

The Notting Hill Carnival is only exceeded by the biggest there is, the Rio Carnival in Brazil. It is considered the biggest street carnival of its kind in Europe, with a very distinctive West Indies flavor.

Each year, the narrow streets of West London teem with color and are saturated with smells that is decidedly Caribbean. From the Great Western Road, the vibrantly hued street performers wind along Chepstow Road, then pass through Westbourne Grove, and culminate in Ladbroke Grove. This means 20 miles of brightly colored floats and dancers, dozens of static sound systems, and hundreds of Caribbean food stalls. At last count, the Notting Hill Carnival attracted over 1 million revelers.

The after-party continues on the eve of the August Bank Holiday, after the floats have left in procession. On Sunday (the day before the bank holiday), the festivities are devoted to kids while on the actual bank holiday, the parties are intended for adults.

This year, the carnival is scheduled on August 26-27.

Travel Tips:

Despite the London community’s increasing tolerance towards race issues, riots between revelers and police have continued to this day. In 2008, around 500 youths were arrested for altercations with the police. In 2011, 5 suspects were arrested for stabbing at one of the carnival routes, the Ladbroke Grove. Eighty six people were taken to the hospital during the carnival, and 245 people were detained by the police.

It would be best for travelers to take necessary precautions during the revelry, to take public transport because of limited parking spaces, and to find quick exit points in case riots break out.

Final Thoughts:

Sustaining injuries may not exactly be what one would expect in merrymaking events, so make sure that all necessary precautions are observed especially in areas where crowds are concentrated in limited spaces.

Enjoy the Thrills of Notting Hill Carnival 2012 in london..!Have a great time.!

 

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Category: Calendar, International Festivals, UK Bank Holidays 2012, UK Festivals

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