Notting Hill Carnival, purported to be the largest street festival in Europe, is one of the event marked on every revellers' calender. Last weekend saw the festival attended by nearly 850,000, a record number for the street party.
However, as per previous years, the Carnival was mired by presence of street thugs who were determined to spoil it for everyone else. Arrest were made after a mob hurled bricks and bottles at police, which created a standoff. 500 were arrested and weapons that include knives, a Taser gun, CS spray and a baseball bat were confiscated.
I missed the Carnival in 2007 as we went on a road trip to Wales. After hearing all the horror stories on the news upon our return, I was somewhat glad that we didn't make it there. To me, Notting Hill Carnival reminds me of the Chinggay Festival back in Singapore, only bigger, louder and wilder.
I guess age must be catching up as I would preferred to give it a miss and laze around in the countryside, which we did of course. That, I will be posting about another day.
I'm sure most if not all those who have attended the Carnival have enjoyed it quite a bit. How about this? Email your photos (preferably with you in it) to SingaporeanInLondon@yahoo.com with Subject titled "Notting Hill Carnival" and it'll be published on this Sunday's post.