Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014


It was cold and it rained quite heavily during the August bank holiday Monday this year, which did not deter people from attending the Notting Hill Carnival in London. The good vibe there was contagious and I have tried to capture this particular aspect with my camera. Check the pictures out and tell me what you think!

One of the aspects that keep amazing me the most about London is people’s resilience. Come sun or rain, people just go out regardless. I took the pics below at one of the entrances to the festival coming from Notting Hill Gate tube station at about 2pm on both Sunday and Monday (right).

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Where did the Carnival start?

It all started at the Tate Modern on Saturday, where an art display in the Turbine Hall called Canopy sheltered musicians and other performances the day before.

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and rythm

What I usually enjoy the most at the festival is the good vibe. All that colour and rythm that has the ability to put people of all ages in a good mood, even on a rainy day. Some people travelled from other countries only to take part in the parade.

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Happy to pose

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Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

The African connection

The carnival celebrates the different cultures in the so-called West Indies, which have a very clear African connection. Here are some group pics from both days.

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Outfits

It must be difficult to dance while wearing those outfits.

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Animal instinct

The topic this year seemed to be animal instinct. Some sexy and scary creatures below.

Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

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Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Birds are also celebrated in this culture. I don’t mean girls, by the way.

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Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Music instruments

Their main instrument seems to be drums. I think the steel drum is the national instrument in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Business opportunities

On another note, the carnival presents people with great business opportunities – from the usual food and drink stalls to toilets! Let me tell you, I’m sure the toilet people made good money!

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Burlesque

What was burlesque doing at the carnival? It was the first time I’ve ever seen it. Still, interesting performance.

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Thanks for reading this post!

A Londoner from Afar

 

 

 

 

 

About A Londoner from Afar

Cheese & choc lover, marketer and linguist who would like to explore and share those aspects that still have the power to make her stay in the amazingly vibrant city of London after nearly 10 years.
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4 Responses to Colour and Rythm at the Notting Hill Carnival 2014

  1. Melissa says:

    Some great pictures, I couldn’t bring my self to go in the rain. Next year I’ll make myself go rain or shine.

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  2. It looks like there was quite the turnout even in the rain. The pictures show that it was worth the effort. Those costumes are amazing and you’ve captured the spirit of the weekend really well.

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