Monday, 29 August 2011

Beautiful Bodies; Beautiful Colours - Notting Hill Carnival 2011

This bank holiday weekend has been the Notting Hill Carnival which has been a celebration in west London since the mid 1960s for the Afro Caribbean communities in London. Carnival originates from the celebration of the abolition of slavery and the slave trade and this afternoon was a parade of beautiful colours, feathers, dancing and some amazing music. Smoke and BBQ aromas filtered through the streets and added to the party's ambiance which was overwhelmingly energetic. 
 This guy was in the streets beating to his own drum, which  matched his cool print poncho and his energy.

 The appearance of the sunshine was intermittent but this didn't seem to affect the dancing and celebrating in the streets of Notting Hill.

Most people recorded the event on their phones or on cameras; this guy painted the crowds and he was wonderful to watch.

Loved what people were wearing - this guy with the Rod Stewart haircut had red socks on and a burgundy leather which oddly worked for me; red is a celebratory colour and was an ongoing theme throughout the crowds.

People appeared in all kinds of shapes and forms - I particularly loved the pacman costumes, and how this father walks along the streets so nonchalantly, like he isn't wearing a bright pink feathered head band.....

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