Notting Hill Carnival - August
Sat, Aug 27, 2022

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is a spectacular celebration of Caribbean culture in the multicultural Notting Hill neighborhood of Kensington, west London. This colorful and noisy festival is held on the last Sunday of August and the following Monday, which is a bank holiday.

History

Initially – in the second half of the 1960s – the holiday was celebrated only by representatives of the Caribbean diaspora, but today it is celebrated by all Latin American groups in London, and many people from all over the world who come to the capital of Great Britain especially for this carnival seek to take part in it. From 1 to 2 million people take to the streets of Notting Hill every year – many of them dressed in Afro-Caribbean costumes, play national instruments, dance rumba, samba and other Latin dances. Huge platforms with dancers move along the streets.

Throughout the route of the festive processions, a variety of Caribbean and Latin American snacks are sold. The British with their families willingly visit the Notting Hill Carnival, watch the fascinating spectacle from the rooftops and balconies, or dance in the streets, eating exotic food – traditional Jamaican, Brazilian, Barbadian dishes.

Interesting facts

Learn more about the Notting Hill Carnival celebration:

  1. The holiday took to the streets of Notting Hill only in 1966. It was first organized on January 30, 1959 and took place in the closed building of the city hall of the St. Pancras urban area, which later became part of the Camden urban district.
  2. The honorary title of “mother of Notting Hill Carnival” was given to Claudia Jones, editor of the West Indian Gazette, who organized the first festival at the town hall. Together with her, the event was organized by Edric Connor from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, a singer and performer of music in the Afro-Caribbean calypso style.
  3. In the town hall in 1959, the organizers of the holiday even managed to hold a beauty contest Carnival Queen!

How to celebrate

The best way to appreciate the Notting Hill Carnival is to get out to London and see it with your own eyes. If you don’t have the opportunity, watch the broadcast and order Caribbean dishes!

When is Notting Hill Carnival celebrated in 2022?

Notting Hill Carnival is observed on the last Sunday of August each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday August 28 2022
Sunday August 27 2023
Sunday August 25 2024
Sunday August 24 2025
Sunday August 30 2026

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