Monday, February 19, 2007
Carnival in England

The Nottinhg Hill Carnival is an annual event which takes place in Notting Hill, London, in August, over three days ( a weekend and a bank holiday ). It is led by the members of the Caribbean population, many of whom have lived in the area since the 1950s. The carnival attracts millions of people each year and is among the largest street festivals in Europe.

Carnival kicks off on Sunday with Children's Day, with a shorter Carnival route for children and young people. The main parade takes place on Monday.

Six disciplines go to make up the carnival as we know it today. Mas' ( masquerade), Steelband, Calypso ( political, social and satirical commentary, set to music ), Soca ( the traditional music of Carnival, a fusion of Soul and Calypso ), Static Sound Systems, and Samba all play their part in this carnival.

The Notting Hill Carnival is now generally viewed as a dynamic celebration of London's multicultural diversity, though dominated by the Caribbean culture in the best traditions of Rio.

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