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March 26, 2022

24 Black and White Photos of the Notting Hill Carnival in 1981

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual Caribbean festival event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of the Notting Hill area of Kensington, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday).

Notting Hill Carnival in 1981

It is led by members of the British West Indian community, and attracts around two and a half million people annually, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture.

In 2006, the UK public voted it onto a list of icons of England. These black and white photos were taken by Norman Craig that show the Notting Hill Carnival in 1981.

“Take a picture of me and my mate”

Carnival 1980s style

Dancing all the way down Ladbroke Grove. Nowadays the parade goes in the opposite direction

Dancing in the streets

Fancy meeting you here

Grooving to the reggae under the canopy on Portobello

Kingdoms of the Forest by the Renegades Players (Brixton). Nice hats

Kingdoms of the Forest by the Renegades Players (Brixton)

Ladbroke Grove in another century

Metronome Steel Band

Metronome Steel Band

Metronome Steel Band

Moving to the music on Ladbroke Grove

New hat

Passing the Globe Cafe in Talbot Road

Passing the Globe Cafe in Talbot Road

People are watching the face-painting

People at Notting Hill Carnival

Running repairs to one of the floats. And what's a float made from - scaffold poles, angle iron, wire, rope and an old door

Some reggae music going on here

Sound system

Steel band

Steel Scene

The Sunshine Shortney




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