Notting Hill Carnival has been running for 50 years. This Carnival celebrates Afro-Caribbean culture and community during the August bank holiday. The streets of Notting Hill are always filled with the aroma of Hearty jerk chicken, fruity punch, a variety of music floats and whatever weather London decides to give that day.
Despite the joy carnival brings every year, the headlines have made this year’s event more focused on crime and violence.
The met police took to social media expressing their fear of drugs, knives, and people carrying acid.
Due to the constant focus on violence and crimes, social media took to this tweet very offensively and it received a lot of backlashes. Even Grime Artist Stormzy tweeted:
We can all agree that Carnival has had its fair shares of trouble over the years. But the majority of the time is spent having fun, people dancing, drinking, eating with new and old friends.
This year Carnival will be very special as the community continues to recover from the tragic event of Grenfell Tower fire.
On Monday 28th August 2017 at 3 pm. There will be a one-minute silence held to show respect for the victims of the tragedy.
As Carnival weekend arrives we urge everyone to be careful and take extra precautions.
Please find all relevant links for useful information:
Roads and Travel: View full travel and road disruption information for areas affected on the https://tfl.gov.uk/status-updates/major-works-and-events/notting-hill-carnival
Parking: Many parking bays will be suspended over Carnival weekend. Find full information about parking on https://www.westminster.gov.uk/notting-hill-carnival
Useful Numbers: Police: Always dial 999 in an emergency.
For non-emergencies, please dial 101.