Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Notting Hill Carnival 2011

Lots of my friends had told me about the Notting Hill Carnival and recommended I should go if I got the chance, so since I am studying English in London right now, last Sunday I went with two friends.

It was a nice sunny day, so it was the perfect day to enjoy the Carnival! My friends and I arrived at Westbourne Park underground station at 3 pm. At the exit of the station there were some people giving out the carnival maps so that we could find what we wanted (very useful).

Just 200 metres down the street we found the first Sound system (there were more than 30 sound systems distributed throughout the neighbourhood), and the music was a fantastic mix of reggae and house. Everyone was enjoying it very much. We stayed there about 25 minutes and then we kept on walking down the street.

The environment was beautiful, and the streets were full of people having fun. There were a lot of private parties in the houses, people dancing on the roofs and on the balconies.

After crossing two more sound systems, we saw the parade. Each float had its own Dj playing different kinds of music. I concluded that each float represented a different country, such as Jamaica, Trinidad, Bahamas, etc. because the people behind the float were waving the flags of those countries. It was very exciting!

Every two steps, you could find someone selling beers, and in the main streets there were food stalls as well as souvenirs and merchandising stalls. The atmosphere was great with all the people smiling and dancing. There were lots of different types of music being played on the soundsystems; including R&B, Reggae, Drum ‘n’ Bass, House… The festival was very safe; there were lots of policemen everywhere so that people only cared about having fun.

After four hours of dancing, walking and having fun, it started raining so we decided that we had had enough, and about 7.30pm we went home with a smile on our faces.

For those who can never have enough partying there were lots of after parties, all over the city, maybe next year I’ll go to one of those!

Notting Hill Carnival 100% recommended.


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