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