It’s back, and it’s bigger and brighter than ever; the 2019 Notting Hill Carnival will hit the streets of West London this August bringing with it a whole host of colour and flavour.
The Carnival has become one of the most popular dates in the London events calendar and is a celebration of all things Caribbean; from reggae music to street food, dancing to fashion, it is a street party with a difference.
The Notting Hill Carnival dates back to 1959 when race relations between Caribbean natives and indigenous British residents were at an all time low. First held in St. Pancras Town Hall, the carnival was initially promoted as parade like no other, offering calypso vocals and a Caribbean Carnival Queen beauty contest.
Since then, the three day celebration of Caribbean culture has hit the streets of London each August bank holiday weekend, and has gone on to be one of the most celebrated festivals of the year, with an estimated two million visitors joining the party last year.
You can expect to hear steel bands, live reggae and zouk music, with dancers dressed in every colour of the rainbow shaking sequins, feathers and pretty much everything they own, along to the music. Dancing the traditional meringue, calypso and rumba and also more contemporary styles, it’s a real fusion of ages and styles, with visitors young and old dancing and singing along to the float parade.
Food is another big part of the celebration with a wide variety of traditional Caribbean street food on sale from a variety of vendors. Well known jerk chicken is a crowd favourite but you’ll find also lesser known favourites like callaloo, a spicy greens dish flavoured with garlic, chilli and thyme. Traditionally cooked with salt fish and served alongside steamed rice, this tasty dish is super healthy and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Caribbean homes.
Deeply aromatic goat stew is another dish you’ll be encouraged to try. Made with ground allspice and curry powder the flavour is deep, hearty and full of character - much like the carnival itself. If you have a sweet tooth then be sure to try some papaya salad, which is a staple in Caribbean homes. It’s also worth noting that Papaya pairs extremely well with the drink of choice, rum.
Starting on 24th August and finishing with the Grand Finale Parade on the 26th, the Notting Hill Carnival is a three day spectacle that assails all the senses and brings positivity and cohesion to London, something that McCarthy Cars really identifies with. As a long established, family run business, we encourage you to visit our showroom in Croydon and see how we can inject some vibrancy into your everyday life by driving away in one of our superb used cars. Contact our showroom room or pop in and have a browse.