Friday 30 September 2016

In pictures: Thousands flock to Notting Hill Carnival in a surge of colour and music

Francesca Gosling

Published 28/08/2016 | 17:05

Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Thousands of partygoers have flocked to Notting Hill Carnival in a surge of colour and music.

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More than a million visitors are expected to attend the celebrations in west London on Sunday, the day dedicated to children and families.

Children in fancy dress and face paint claimed the best view of the parade by sitting on parents' shoulders, and some even joined the dancers following the parade floats.

Annuar Aziz, a businessman from Malaysia, stumbled upon the event by accident with his wife and four young children while on holiday.

Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival 2016, west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Police Officers during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers shelter from the rain during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
A performer participates in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Spectators shelter from the rain as they watch performers participating in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
People buy from a merchandising stall at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Spectators watch performers participating in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Britain August 28, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Revellers enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival, London, after joining a paint fight party in the early morning Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Members of the public watch dancers performing during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

He said: "It's excellent. We are loving the free spirit of everyone and we have all been dancing.

"We didn't even know it was happening," Mr Aziz, 41 explained.

"We just arrived to London after visiting the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

"We heard the music from where we are staying in Bayswater and just followed the sound."

At least 60 bands will perform and 38 sound systems will be in place over the two-day event, which continues over the bank holiday. It will end with its Grand Finale day on Monday.

There is a heavy police presence in place as the Met has introduced advanced security measures, including a facial recognition system.

The Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture in London, was first held in the 1960s and now attracts visitors from all over the world.

Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Dancers perform during the Children's Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Credit: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

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