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London, United Kingdom
April 25, 2011
Experiencing England for Free,
Low Cost London
by Nicola Six
September 2, 2003
The streets around Ladbroke Grove come alive with throngs of people out to sample a plate of goat curry or a leg of jerk chicken. A picturesque haze of cooking smoke hangs in the air above and Jamaican beer is consumed by the gallon below. Girls are dressed in their carnival best, lots of bright colour and bare flesh. Dancing breaks out around a sound system, and within minutes, a crowd of fifty are waving their hands in the air. These are the sounds of funk, Latin soul, salsa, soca, reggae, hip-hop, house and ska - take your pick. In some areas the systems are close enough together to have to compete for air space. It becomes difficult to move freely through the great mass of bodies.
The parade follows a circular route, through grand Georgian streets with their whitewashed facades down to the high-rise blocks and monstrous concrete flyover. Asian shopkeepers pass goods out through barricaded doorways, a cowgirl hands out little pots of coloured vodka jelly. A float creeps past laden with rows of steel drums vigorously beaten by young musicians; each year there is a fierce competition to win the title of best band on Saturday night. A troupe of dancing girls sway past in pink pigeon feathers, each hoping they might be pronounced carnival queen. You can stand and stare all day or you can jump in and join the procession too.
If you are in London during Carnival, make sure you come on down. Wear comfortable shoes, bring some friends, and leave your valuables (and your inhibitions) at home. See you next year.
From journal Notting Hill Billies
Tacoma, New South Wales, Australia
February 16, 2002
It is a street parade, held at Ladbroke Groove, Nottinghill, and a great cultural experience, it is a miniture version of what I would imagine a South American street carnival would look and be like, having not actually been to one, but hearing all about them.
If you are in London, when it is on, it's a great day out, full of vibrant colours, loads of fantastic costumes and music from many different nationalities.
What's great is you get all this for the cost of the train or bus ticket to Nottinghill Gate.
When we went we spent the day, moving and dancing along the sidewalks, following the parade.
Don't take any valuables with you to this venue and only take the money you think you'll need, as with other popular events, pick pockets are out in force.
From journal London - Memories that will be treasured for life
by Lucy Corne
January 23, 2001
From journal Everyday life in London