Notting Hill Carnival - 2001

Friday, August 24, 2001 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

The 2001Carnival kicks off on Saturday with the Panorama, a competition between steelpan bands mainly from London but more recently including some bands from other areas of the UK. Sunday is Children's Day, with a shorter Carnival route for children and young people. The main parade then takes place on Monday.

The current route for the main parade covers around 3 miles, following Great Western Road, Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove. In addition to trucks with pan bands or mobile sound systems, there are costumed masqueraders and around 40 static sound systems spread throughout the area playing a range of music at high volume. While the "traditional" Soca and some Calypso can still be found, many other musical styles are represented.

The Notting Hill Carnival actually began in St Pancras and moved around until it found its home. From town halls it has now grown to a huge event, which last year led the Jubilee procession down the Mall.

The Carnival's roots date back to the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833 when the first Caribbean carnival was held in Trinidad.

Black Caribbeans took to the streets for their own carnival party, with song, dance and costumes.