- Title: ENGLAND: LONDON'S NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL GETS OFF TO A NOISY START
- Date: 25th August 1996
- Summary: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 25, 1996) (RTV) LV OF CARNIVAL CROWDS 0.07 LV/SLV/SV OF CHILDREN'S PARADE WITH WINGS AND SAILS (6 SHOTS) 0.36 SLV GIRLS DANCING WITH BANANAS 0.48 MCU MAN WITH CHILD 0.51 SV/LAS CHILDREN IN BLUE WITH WHISTLES (2 SHOTS) 1.02 SV SKELETON BEING MOVED BY BUS WINDSCREEN WIPERS 1.10 SV STEEL BAND PLAYING 1.25 LAS SPECTATORS ON ROOF 1.28 SV CROWD DANCING (2 SHOTS) 1.38 MCU MAN WITH CHILDREN 1.41 SLV CROWD DANCING 1.47 SLV CHILDREN OF THE ORIENT PARADE 1.55 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 9th September 1996 13:00
- Location: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment / Showbiz
- Reuters ID: LVAASE3COSJG5A18TGO16NTA1XHO
- Story Text: INTRO: The largest street party in Europe, a colourful, two-day festival known as the Notting Hill Carnival got off to a noisy start in London on Sunday.
-------------------------------------------------------------------- London's black community-sponsored Notting Hill Carnival, opened on Sunday (August 25) with crowds ignoring brief mid-summer rainshowers.
The annual festival, which Britons hail as second only in the world after the Rio carnival, is best known for colourful dancing troupes and floats carrying Caribbean steel bands which compete to make the most noise.
A number of European bands will play at this year's multi-cultural mix, which is dominated by West Indian migrants who settled in Notting Hill from the 1950s.
As many as two million people are expected to attend the event, which ends on Monday (August 26).
Sunday's festival opened with the traditional children's parade. Police reported no trouble during the opening hours.
Around 400 police were wounded in riots in 1976 when the carnival acquired a reputation for trouble from which it has slowly recovered.
Shopkeepers still board up their windows and many residents leave town for the weekend, but for four or five years there has been no disorder and relatively little crime.
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