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Caribbean party feeling at Notting Hill Carnival

The streets of West London will become busy this weekend. It's time for London's Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street party with around 1.5 million participants and visitors.

The Wellicious office which is situated on the carnival route itself will also enjoy the vibe with its calypso music, the colourful costumes, the steelbands and loads of happiness filling the air. For once it's not our yoga clothing that gets the attraction – it's the many daunting, fair and beautiful costumes.

Saturday is fully dedicated to the "Panorama", a steelband competition which is taking place at Hyde Park. For all calypso lovers: this is a must see. Enjoy one steelband truck after the other while soaking in the great music and the whole athmosphere. On Sunday it's children carnival and Bank Holiday Monday, is the main attraction: the big parade. Many trucks with dancers and musicians process through the streets with the sound on its highest volume, presenting all their beautiful costumes.

Dancing to Caribbean rhythms, partying on the street and loads of laughter – carnival fever in London! Characteristic for the Notting Hill Carnival is the high participation of African and Carribean immigrants, around 40 small stages and food stalls with great exotic dishes. All this is giving the spectacle its very special and unique touch.

The carnival was initiated by Claudia Jones in the year 1959 and took place in the St. Pancras Town Hall. Only in 1966 moved the carnival for the very first time to Notting Hill and happened outdoors with only a few hundered visitors, growing year by year until today when it is proudly Europe's biggest street party.

The vibe and spirit is amazing, every year anew. Even after the main parade there will be continuous dancing as many afterparites open their doors until the early morning hours.

Long live the carnival :-)

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