Carnival 2017 London
According to this Visit London’s page, “The Notting Hill Carnival was first held in 1966 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London.
When the Notting Hill Carnival first started, around 500 people attended the Caribbean festival. The carnival has since become the largest street festival in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. Expect to see some 50,000 performers in the parade and more than 30 sound systems, with more than 1 million people attending over the carnival weekend.”
Carnival 2017 London History
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
TIME OUT dubs Carnival as, “A free celebration of the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebration includes 37 static soundsystems, soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain. This year, Carnival is going ‘Green for Grenfell‘, celebrations will come to a halt for one minute’s silence at 3pm on both Sunday and Monday in memory of the 80 people who died in the blaze at Grenfell Tower in June.”
Carnival 2017 London History of Sound Systems
The Metro FREE newspaper concentrates on the music surrounding Carnival 2017 London, “Notting Hill Carnival is preparing for its 51st year of banging the steel drums, dancing your heart out, and celebrating the multitude of cultures and experiences available in Britain.
But the carnival also has another history, that of the UK sound system culture, and a new short documentary featuring the likes of Trevor Nelson, Rodney P and Boy Better Know member Jammer, and pulled together by Treble T, the man behind Rampage Sound (London’s legendary sound system crew which has hosted surprise carnival performances in the past from the likes of Stormzy, Wiley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Mark Ronson), will take a look at the history of the sound system across the 51 years and how fashion has also played a massive role in the sound system culture.
The short film focuses on the evolution of carnival culture in the UK from those early sound systems at Notting Hill Carnival in the early 1970s to the massive impact sound system culture has had on the urban UK music landscape in 2017. It’s available to watch over on Farah’s YouTube channel or you can watch it now exclusively on Metro.co.uk.”
Carnival 2017 Caribbean Food
The London Pass blog post reckons that, “Everything you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival, one of London’s biggest parties – The parade should be a priority for any carnival goer, as the number of rainbow floats, energetic dancers and stream of music makes for a totally infectious joyful atmosphere. Beyond that, there’s always a number of fantastic street stalls selling Caribbean food, people breaking out into spontaneous song and dance and performances all day – the neighbourhood’s your oyster.”
For me Carnival 2017 London was one of the best I’ve been to for the last 5 years. I didn’t make it last year – you know the year it rained non-stop but previous to that I made it my duty to attend. This carnival was both joyous and sad at the same time particularly because of the Grenfell Tower and the tragic loss of life.
I felt those who went to visit the memorial site near the tower were respectful and appalled by what they saw. And even though the site was at least a mile away from the centre of the carnival, the music could be heard whispering in the background reminding us of the joys of life. It made me thankful that we could stand and read the many stories pinned to the fences which acknowledged the happiness those who lost their lives at Grenfell brought to their family and community.
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