LONDON – Scores of revelers dressed in colorful garb gathered for the vibrant climax of London’s colorful Notting Hill Carnival on Monday.
The grand finale of the annual event, which spans across three days, saw participants from 60 bands clad in extravagant costumes as they danced their way through the streets.
The multitudinous carnival featured traditional Afro-Caribbean music – such as calypso, soca or reggae – blaring from 38 static sound systems alongside newer styles like salsa or hip-hop performed on dozens of stages spread throughout the district.
Although the first parade was held in 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival’s deepest origins could be found in the spontaneous street demonstrations that erupted on the Caribbean colony of Trinidad in 1833 when slavery was abolished.
The island’s population of African descent took to the streets to celebrate their freedom with music, dance and costumes, giving birth to a tradition that has evolved into one of the United Kingdom’s most popular summer events.
Its popularity boomed in the past decades, drawing more bands and bringing scores of participants to West London.