Notting Hill Carnival

Photos taken in various years; this selection is mainly of people, dancers and costumes.

Begun in 1966, Notting Hill is primarily a Caribbean-style carnival celebrating West Indian music and culture, but has now, in common with so many events around the world, absorbed elements of Brazilian carnival. It takes place outside the true carnival season, at the end of August, on Bank Holiday Monday and the Sunday before (coincidentally, around the date of the famous Bartholomew Fair; immortalised by Ben Jonson in his play of the same name, Bartholomew Fair, which began in the 12th century, had become an increasingly riotous four-day event, and was finally suppressed for debauchery and public disorder in 1855).




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