Notting Hill Carnival 2015: A Festival of Colour and Music
Posted on 4th September 2015
The streets surrounding Chakra were filled with colour and music last bank holiday weekend, as thousands of revellers arrived for the second largest street carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro. Combining traditional Trinidadian and Jamaican carnival elements, Notting Hill carnival drew in crowds of 2.5 million revellers over the weekend.
The festivities are a bold celebration of London's rich history of Caribbean culture. Post-war immigration had led to the emergence of multiculturalism in Britain, and in 1965 the first Notting Hill carnival was led by the West Indian community, who became the largest overseas population of West Indians in the mid-sixties. The striking event became increasingly popular, attracting 150,000 people by the mid-seventies. On the carnival's 50th anniversary, millions poured into Notting Hill to celebrate British diversity, reminding us all what a culturally rich nation we are part of.
A three and a half mile stretch of road around Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Road became the route of a brightly coloured parade. Floats, dancers and musicians entertained the crowds with extravagant costumes and dancing, and bands and sound systems blasted out reggae, soca and calypso music. Hundreds of stalls sold crafts and Caribbean street food like jerk chicken and saltfish. In the evening, the floats left the streets but the party continued long into the night.
Europe's largest street festival was once again a dazzling and exuberant event. As one of the best Indian restaurants in London, Chakra is proud to be a part of the British custom of embracing new cultures, who bring different ideas, traditions, sounds and tastes.