There was some speculation over the past few weeks whether or not the much-loved Notting Hill Carnival would be cancelled this year because of the recent riots across the UK – but we are so glad they went ahead with it. Besides the fact that to cancel Carnival would be punishment for everyone over the actions of a small few, it’s also an incredible, creative event that brings Londoners together.
As a lover of the theatrical, I’ve always been secretly a little bit obsessed with the carnival’s explosion of feathers, sparkles, colour and gem-encrusted detailing – it appeals to my taste in all things OTT. One group of carnival-goers stomped the streets of West London in sizzling red, orange and yellow feathers with contrasting blue beaded details on their head-dresses while another group wore lime green and hot pink bodysuits instead. There’s one thing to be sure about – there’s no time to be shy and retiring at Notting Hill Carnival.
Check out the gallery for some of the photographs taken from Notting Carnival, and try to get inspired. Maybe with a few more feathers and spangles in our daily lives, the world would be a better place.