Latin Rave Street Jam @ Located bang in the middle on the corner of Portobello Road and Golborne Road, Latin Rave Street Jam has the acclaim of being the only purely latino flavoured soundsystem. So dust down your Ricky Martin hips, grab a chica and get your dancing shoes!
When: 28-29 August 2011 (August Bank Holiday Weekend)
Where: Notting Hill to Kensal Rise
How much: Free!
Held each August Bank Holiday since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Every year the streets of West London come alive, with the sounds and smells of Europe's biggest street festival. Twenty miles of vibrant colourful costumes surround over 40 static sound systems, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls,(make sure you visit Mama's Jerk Station, on the corner of Portobello Rd and Oxford Gardens) over 40,000 volunteers and over 1 million Notting Hill carnival revellers.
Starting its life as a local festival set up by the West Indian community of the Notting Hill area, it has now become a full-blooded Caribbean carnival, attracting millions of visitors from all over the globe. With many astonishing floats and the sounds of the traditional steel drum bands, scores of massive sound systems plus not forgetting the hundreds of stalls that line the streets of Notting Hill. The Notting Hill Carnival is arguably London's most exciting annual event.
The Notting Hill Carnival used to get under way on the Saturday with the steel band competition. Sunday is Kids' Day, when the costume prizes are awarded. On Bank Holiday Monday, the main parade takes place. It generally begins on Great Western Road, then winds its way along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession, and people carry continue partying at the many Notting Hill Carnival after parties.
The Notting Hill Carnival 2011 dates are August 28th and 29th.
If you are looking to have a stall at the Notting Hill Carnival, you will need to apply for a trading licence. Find out more on our links page