By Maria Mora
The largest European street festival of its kind, the Notting Hill Carnival covers 20 miles of West London streets and draws over one million visitors. The crowds indeed come, but there’s good reason: This elaborate and colorful festival celebrates Caribbean heritage and culture in all its glory, flavor and rhythm.
Caribbean delicacies, stunning costumes and parades, after-hours parties, and the real celebration here, music. Hundreds of thousands of attendees dance to everything from live calypso, soca and steel pan to modern hip hop booming from static sound systems.
This year, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place on August 29-30, 2010. If you’re ready to spice up your Europe vacation with a visit to the Carnival, here’s a few key tips to help make for smooth celebrating:
Maria Mora is a memoir blogger and wannabe photographer. She travels extensively throughout Florida and the Caribbean with her two young sons.