Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Nottinghill Carnival - London

The Event: As the biggest European street party attracting over a million people to the streets of Nottinghill in the space of two days, the Nottinghill Carnival is a must. With the history of the carnival beginning with West Indian immigrants in London in 1966, the carnival is now a full blown Carribean carnival including Jamaica, Trindad, Bermuda, Barbados, Dominica and others. Also appearing in the carnival are Brazilian Samba bands and other festive groups who know how to party.
Some highlights: The floats and masquerades are spectacular. The streets are lined with Carribean treats like Curry Goat and Jerk Chicken and the all important Reggae Reggae sauce. There are stages set up all around the carnival music where DJ's and dancers keep the party loud and crazy. Steel bands play their Calypso tunes and Samba bands keep the rythm going in between the masqueraders.