London’s famous Notting Hill Carnival has been canceled this year, but here’s a look back at the party


Notting Hill Carnival, a Caribbean celebration in London, has been held in late August every year since the 1960s. Before the pandemic, he often drew more than two million people onto the streets of London to celebrate West Indo-cultural culture.

The first carnival in the UK is attributed to Trinidadian journalist and activist Claudia Jones, who was founder and editor-in-chief West Indian Gazette. In the 1950s, Notting Hill was in newsletter For racial intolerance and riots that originated with the white working class and directed against members of the black community. Jones saw an opportunity to respond to racial violence with clamor, as he staged a 1959 carnival indoors.

In the 1970s, a young schoolteacher named Leslie Palmer took over the organization of the event. “I was a teacher at the time and wanted to take a break from teaching,” Said to Aniline Christie From media company Ilovecarnivall in 2019. “The carnival seemed to be moribund. There was an advertisement in Time Out for all those interested in carnival to attend a meeting. There were only five people. I submitted my ideas.”

Palmer encouraged people to rent food and drink stalls along the festival route. He also recruited local Stillpan bands and other musicians with loudspeakers and organized sponsorship of the event. Palmer is also credited with extending the event to everyone in the Caribbean diaspora and not just people of West Indian descent. The event, which attracts more than a million people annually, has had problems with riots over the years. But overall, the festival is still what it was intended to be – a cheerful celebration of Caribbean culture and life.

“The Notting Hill Carnival has always been the highlight of my summer and because every year brings with it a completely different experience, it never gets tired,” he said. Nadine PersaudDeputy Director Photoworks, a London-based photography organization, and UKBFTOG A photographer who has been attending the carnival since she was a teenager. “When I was younger, it was just a chance to celebrate a grandfather, but as I got older and became a parent, the attendance evolved into something more noticeable. 2019 was a great year with great weather, and oddly enough to think of that no one had any idea that any A pandemic will delay it for two years He is A huge party that many love, but carries a much deeper significance for the local West London community as well as the UK’s broader black British and Caribbean communities, so 2022 can’t come soon enough.”

We looked at over five decades of joy.

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