Feathers and floats as carnival hits heights
EUROPE'S biggest street festival reached its climax yesterday with hundreds of thousands of revellers flocking to London for the headline day of Notting Hill Carnival.
A parade of floats and brightly-dressed performers snaked through the streets of London as part of the annual Caribbean-inspired celebration.
Rows of African food stalls, dance stages and sound systems lined the route of the vibrant procession, with a number of after-parties keeping the carnival fever pumping till the early hours.
Young performers with huge grins, covered in feathers and jewels and waving flags, danced their way along the legendary route to the sound of steel drums and calypso music, to cheers from huge crowds.
An extra 2,000 police officers were drafted in to the area to support the event.