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Notting Hill Carnival explodes into life

Europe’s largest street party erupted into a full blaze of colour for a second day as hundreds of thousands lined the roads to watch the Notting Hill Carnival today.

Performers wearing a vivid array of stunning costumes paraded through the streets under glorious Bank Holiday sunshine – with temperatures reaching up to 26C (78.8F) hit the capital .

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the west London streets as they are turned into a Caribbean party of dance, music, floats and food.

Atmosphere: A dancer taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival dazzles the huge crowd as hundreds of thousands of people lined the roads during this year's event Atmosphere: A dancer taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival dazzles the huge crowd as hundreds of thousands of people lined the roads during this year’s event

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
Notting Hill Carnival 2013

Festival: The costumes were as colourful and vibrant as ever as hundreds of dancers took to the streets of Notting Hill for the annual carnival

Glitter and tassles: Performers parade past the judges position at the start of Monday's Notting Hill Carnival trainGlitter and tassles: Performers clad in turquoise, gold and feathers parade past the judges position at the start of Monday’s Notting Hill Carnival train

Welcome to Carnival: The giant street party does not only attract Londoners but saw thousands travel from across the country to rake part in the festivitiesWelcome to Carnival: The giant street party does not only attract Londoners but saw thousands travel from across the country to rake part in the festivities

Floating along
Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London

Floating along: A man greets the crowd on an impressive eagle inspired carriage while two performers dance ahead of a special Carnival double-decker

 

Fireworks and feasts: An Egypt inspired float with dancers dressed in Pharaoh heads danced through the streets of Notting Hill todayFireworks and feasts: An Egypt inspired float with dancers dressed in Pharaoh heads danced through the streets of Notting Hill today

Heavy weight: Over one million organizers devote August Bank Holiday to Carnival - and even more revellers join in the funHeavy weight: Over one million organizers devote August Bank Holiday to Carnival – and even more revellers join in the fun

 

The total number of visitors to the two day festival is estimated to reach one milliion by the end of the day.

Yesterday, known as family day, saw both young and old dancing to giant sound-systems set up on street corners, while procession performers wore multi-coloured costumes, played steel drums and danced behind trucks which pumped out anything from reggae to dancehall, and calypso to dub.

Scotland Yard said police made 93 arrests – mainly for drugs offences – while London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated more than 300 people for cuts and bruises to their feet and alcohol-related injuries. A spokesman said 45 were taken to hospital.

Other arrests were made for assaults on police, public order offences and possession of offensive weapons, Scotland Yard said.

Beat of my drum: A Brazilian percussion troupe parade through the streets as onlookers and dancers move to their beatBeat of my drum: A Brazilian percussion troupe parade through the streets as onlookers and dancers move to their beat

Notting Hill Carnival was introduced in the 60s by West London's Afro-Caribbean community and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next yearNotting Hill Carnival was introduced in the 60s by West London’s Afro-Caribbean community and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year

Notting Hill Carnival 2013Crowd pleaser: More than a million spectators are estimated to have headed to West London to watch the Notting Hill Carnival this year

A girls in a giant headdress smiles to the camera as she dances on the street ahead of another troupe
Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London

People’s party: A girls in a giant headdress smiles to the camera as she dances on the street ahead of another troupe with a lion inspired theme

Performers participate in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London Walk like an Egyptian: Performers decked themselves out in stunning pharaoh outfits during today’s Notting Hill Carnival parade

Pretty in pink: Europe's biggest street dance party was an array of bright colours today as hundreds of performers took to Notting Hill for the carnivalPretty in pink: Europe’s biggest street dance party was an array of bright colours today as hundreds of performers took to Notting Hill for the carnival

Bust a move: Dancers in fancy costume perform some acrobatic maneuvers as they take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London today in front on massive crowdsBust a move: Dancers in fancy costume perform some acrobatic maneuvers as they take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London today in front on massive crowds

More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival - the largest street festival in EuropeMore than one million people are expected to enjoy this year’s Notting Hill Carnival – the largest street festival in Europe

Deadly dancing: Dancing troupes from all over the world descended on West London for the weekend to perform and compete for the best dances and outfitsDeadly dancing: Dancing troupes from all over the world descended on West London for the weekend to perform and compete for the best dances and outfits

 

Today seems to have passed off a little more quietly than yesterday. So far this afternoon, police made 46 arrests, including 24 for drugs offences, three for possessing an offensive weapon, one for assaulting police.

Not to be left out of the fun, London’s police also got in on the celebration – by performing an impromptu dance off.

Dressed in full uniform, stab vests, florescent jackets and battons, the officers broke out their finest moves to impress the crowd.

The comic moment was caught on video by one of the hundreds of revellers who had cleared a circles too see if the policemen could outshine the carnival performers.

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