I have heard so much about the Notting Hill Carnival – it’s known worldwide as ‘Europe’s Biggest Street Party’. One of the great perks of living at Vincent House means I am very close to all the action. It always takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, which is this weekend, and, as I hear that the crowds that go along to watch always get drawn into the action, I am getting my dancing shoes ready!
Having just spent two weeks in front of the television watching the fantastic spectacle of the Rio 2016 Olympics, carnival is on a lot of people’s minds as Brazil is so passionate about their own street festivals, Mardi Gras being the most well-known.
Notting Hill’s event is more aligned to the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century (Trinidad in particular), but a party is a party wherever you are from. The lovely sounds of the steel bands and the bright, sparkly, multi-coloured costumes are sounds and sights to behold. I can’t wait.
From what I’ve heard from Vincent House residents who’ve lived here long enough to know, the entire local area gets into the action and you can’t escape the party!
While I really like the food served here in the dining room, I must admit I am keen to taste some of the Caribbean specialities that will be on offer. I also understand that many streets get shut down to traffic so there will really be dancing in the streets.
Let’s hope the weather cooperates but I’m not sure anything can dampen this party. I think I will have a quiet Saturday and get to bed early because it sounds as though Sunday is going to be a very long day. I am practicing my limbo moves after this (good exercise) and am really looking forward to being part of one of the best carnivals in the world.
This will be another London ‘must do’ item I can tick off the list. That will leave just few hundred more to go!