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Europe’s biggest street party fills the streets of west London over August bank holiday

Since Notting Hill Carnival began in the mid-’60s it has grown and morphed into Europe’s largest street festival, attracting ever more revellers than ever. As well as the main parade of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands, there are nearly 40 soundsystems for alfresco dancing and countless Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, fried plantain and goat curry. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade – and hopefully the weather will be better (last year was a wash-out). The more family-friendly Sunday is the best day to take children to Carnival.

For information on the Notting Hill Carnival parade route, travel information, safety and security and lots more, read our full guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2015.

Discover 50 things you didn’t know about Notting Hill Carnival or check out Time Out’s Carnival history.

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Jojuj

If you dislike crowds or heat, this is the wrong place for you. It will make you feel stabby.

Javier S

Last year it was a raining the whole day .. But i spent a good time there anyway. So, I' ll be back this year again. 

It's a traditional pride by Caribbean people, but you can find easy going people with different backgrounds. Just as London is :) 

Ben Wintour

A traditional and ever more popular Afro-Caribbean treat. For two days a year the Notting Hill streets are transformed into a labyrinth to explore, celebrating diversity in culture, music and the arts. For those who haven't been - its a must.

caren Toussaint

Notting hill carnival is the best two days of the year ! All the different people of all ages, races, genders that you meet. All happy and smiling throughout the two days. A MUST go to event !!!

tonia

great musik, god and cheap food, amazing amoshere. everyone in dancing in the streets, stunning costumes! I can warmly recommend it!!!