Notting Hill Carnival 2023 latest LIVE: Sun is shining for second and final day of celebrations

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The sun is shining for the second and final day of this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

Bright smiles, detailed costumes and plenty of dancing were seen as the Children’s Day Parade on Saturday wound its way through W10.

Organisers, who billed the carnival as “the greatest community-l/{@ed event on the planet," said of the children’s parade: “It’s an undeniable joy to see the next generation carrying the carnival baton - dancing in the streets wearing their carefully crafted costumes."

Attendees also paid tribute to the 72 people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, in a nearby block of flats in North Kensington in June 2017, with a 72-second silence which began at 3pm.

More than two million people are set to take part over the weekend as the carnival marks two landmark anniversaries - the docking of the Empire Windrush 75 years ago and the introduction of sound systems to the parade 50 years ago.

The carnival, Europe’s biggest street party, helps celebrate Caribbean culture and history.

More spectacular images coming out of Notting Hill 2023

16:34 , Barney Davis

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Carnival is all about the flair, the audacity, the crowds, the locals as well as the tourists and the traders - a true celebration of all things Caribbean.

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More stunning pictures are coming out of the final day every minute with celebrations in full flow this sunny afternoon.

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Former police officer calls presence of riot police at carnival ‘over the top'

15:53 , Barney Davis

Chantelle Lunt, a former police officer-turned-activist, posted a video of lots of police officers streaming behind her as people partied at Notting Hill Carnival.

She said: “I haven’t been to carnival in a minute, but police in full riot gear and the area prepping like the apocalypse is coming was a tad ott. Carnival, as always, was epic!”

Lunt, who left Merseyside Police in 2018, became a lecturer and founder of Merseyside BLM Alliance.

Labour MP jokes she may be too overdressed for Carnival

15:23 , Barney Davis

Dawn Butler, MP for Brent, joined thousands of others celebrating at Notting Hill Carnival on her Bank Holiday.

The Labour MP was wearing a mesh outfit celebrating her Jamaican heritage as she posed for photos accompanied by two performers.

Grenfell moment of silence to take place at 3pm

14:49 , Barney Davis

Organisers have reminded Carnivalgoers to maintain a respectful 72 second silence to honour the 72 victims of Grenfell at 3pm on Monday.

In a break from the glitz and glamour here is a list of the tube station closures you need to know about

14:32 , Barney Davis

TfL has announced the tube stations you can use as celebrations ramp up:

Ladbroke Grove: Fully closed

Holland Park: Exit only, will close at 3pm

Royal Oak: Exit only, will close at 6pm

Westbourne Park: Exit only (AFP via Getty Images)
Westbourne Park: Exit only (AFP via Getty Images)

Notting Hill Gate: Exit only

Queensway: Exit only

Westbourne Park: Exit only

Latimer Road: It could close during periods of the day to manage crowds

More fantastic images of a sunny Notting Hill Carnival

14:28 , Barney Davis

Some more incredible outfits are on show as dancers, drummers and soundsystems continue to fill the streets around Ladbroke Grove.


The adult parade is in full swing with the sound of steel drums, bass rumbling under the hazy smoke wafting from hundreds of jerk stalls providing for the million people expected at Europe’s biggest carnival.

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Performers taking part in the adults parade, part of the Notting Hill Carnival celebration (PA)
Performers taking part in the adults parade, part of the Notting Hill Carnival celebration (PA)

Police announce more stop-and-search powers following weapon intelligence

13:01 , Barney Davis

Police have announced a s60 stop-and-search order covering Carnival until 2am for the second day running.

Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ade Adeleken who is leading the policing operation, said: “The introduction of today’s s60 order does not change the policing style we have adopted for the event, and our officers will continue to provide a professional, respectful presence and sensitive approach to crowds to ensure the event can be enjoyed safely by all.”

More than 2 million people expect to attend Notting Hill carnival

12:58 , Barney Davis

It is expected that more than two million people will turn up to Europe’s biggest street party as it celebrates two landmark anniversaries of Windrush and the introduction of sound systems to Carnival.

Notting Hill Carnival climaxes with joyful celebrations

Celebrations are very much underway in the capital with DJs promising a bigger and better party than on Sunday.

Hold on to your headdresses!

Leigh-Anne Pinnock stuns in Carnival outfit

12:38 , Barney Davis

Little Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock has revealed she will be performing her solo single My Love at Notting Hill after spending three hours getting ready.

Will you be able to spot “the Carnival Queen” in the crowd of dancers for the incredible Reign Mas Band?

Westminster council hails ‘groovy’ carnival performance

12:16 , Barney Davis

Westminster council has taken the time to applaud the Elimu Mas Band who have performed at Carnival for over 30 years.

The drummers stayed in time en masse to wow the judges and council teams.

The performers, emblazoned in red and white, aim to increase levels of “participation and performance” in London and beyond, according to their X bio.

Samba bands do their best to dazzle the judges with their colourful displays

11:46 , Barney Davis

Participants pass through Westbourne Park during the adults parade, part of the Notting Hill Carnival celebration (PA)
Participants pass through Westbourne Park during the adults parade, part of the Notting Hill Carnival celebration (PA)

TikTok user perfectly captures first day of Carnival

11:32 , Barney Davis

One TikTok user @Shansharif shared their experience from the festivities of the Children’s Day on Sunday.

Their video shows the range and mix of cultural heritages on show at the celebration - as well as an obligatory Arsenal fan.

Hoping for more of the same good vibes today.

Can’t make it down? Follow the festivities with this livestream from Notting Hill Carnival organisers

11:16 , Barney Davis

If you are unable to get down to Notting Hill or just keen to avoid the crowds.

You can still follow the action from the judge’s table from the safety of your living room on this live stream put on by Notting Hill Carnival LTD.

Good morning and welcome to the start of the second day of Notting Hill Carnival 2023

11:00 , Barney Davis

It’s time to get your whistles out and buckle up those festival shoes...


It is showtime for the colourfully costumed mas bands who will wind their way along the adult parade route through west London in a celebration of Caribbean culture and history.

The annual celebration of Caribbean culture and history will reach its climax on Monday with an exuberant adult parade.

Floats are already blaring music while feathered and bejewelled revellers add the final touches to their outfits.

The sweet, smoky scent of jerk chicken is filling the air as the first eager spectators gathered on the pavements.

Adult day coverage of Notting Hill Carnival to kick off at 11am

09:20 , Barney Davis

Good morning thousands are expected to line the streets for the second day of Notting Hill Carnival.

Our live coverage of the world-renowned event will kick off again at 11am.

Last night a top cop hailed the “largely good natured” atmosphere on the first day which saw 85 arrests.

Notting Hill Carnival sees ‘no major incidents’ on Children’s Day but 85 arrests

Live coverage ends

Sunday 27 August 2023 19:17 , Josh Salisbury

Thank you for joining our live coverage of the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2023.

For an overview of the day’s events, please visit here.

Notting Hill Carnival ‘good natured’ but 24 arrests made, say police

Sunday 27 August 2023 18:49 , Josh Salisbury

The Met Police have said that the mood at Notting Hill Carnival has been “good natured” throughout the day but that 24 arrests have been made in the Carnival area.

The force said that as the event moved into the evening, additional stop and search powers had been authorised as a precautionary step after the arrests, some of which were for possession of an offensive weapon.

Of the 24 arrests, suspected offences included being drunk and disorderly, possession of drugs, sexual assault and assault on an emergency worker, said police.

“This a precautionary step which does not change our policing approach,” said the Met. “Officers will continue to use their powers respectfully and sensitively as they have been doing throughout the event so far.”

Pictured: Revellers covered in paint powder after Children’s Day Parade

Sunday 27 August 2023 17:15 , Josh Salisbury

Revellers have been pictured being covered in paint powder after the Children's Day Parade, the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival.


Pictured: Large crowds at Notting Hill Carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 16:14 , Josh Salisbury

Large crowds are on the streets of west London to celebrate the carnival.


Carnival-goers observe silence for Grenfell Tower victims

Sunday 27 August 2023 15:22 , Josh Salisbury

Carnival-goers observed a 72-second silence at 3pm in memory of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.

In a tweet, the carnival said: “72 Second Silence: Please remember to observe a 72-second silence at 3pm in honour of those who died in the Grenfell fire.

“We ask all attendees, participating bands and sound systems to work with us as organisers and the community to help pay our respects.”

Notting Hill Carnival brings ‘unity in the community'

Sunday 27 August 2023 15:17 , Josh Salisbury

Notting Hill Carnival is all about “unity in the community”, revellers taking part in the street party have said.

“It’s all about unity in the community because that’s what Carnival brings, it brings all the unity to carnival to celebrate two days of fun and enjoyment,” Michael Lamond, owner of Rough But Sweet Sound System, which performs at Carnival every year, told Sky News.

His colleague, Elizabeth Broderick, added: “It brings all walks of life, all genres of music, all types of art, together for two days of celebration.”

Revellers wearing stilts at the Notting Hill Carnival (AP)
Revellers wearing stilts at the Notting Hill Carnival (AP)

TfL’s travel advice as Tube closures in place for Notting Hill Carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 15:00 , Josh Salisbury

TfL is advising revellers hoping to travel to the Carnival to avoid Oxford Circus, Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Park and Holland Park stations because they are extremely busy.

Instead, Londoners are being advised to use Paddington or Shepherd’s Bush stations and walk to the event, as these are less crowded.

Ladbroke Grove station is closed, and other stations in the area are exit only to manage congestion.

These include Notting Hill Gate, where the District and Circle lines will not stop until 6pm, Westbourne Park, Holland Park and Royal Oak.

For more information, visit the TfL website here.

More pictures from Children’s Day Parade

Sunday 27 August 2023 14:13 , Bill Mcloughlin

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Sound systems descend on Notting Hill

Sunday 27 August 2023 14:02 , Bill Mcloughlin

Following the Children’s Day Parade, the sound systems element has begun playing everything from Rare Groove to House to Samba.

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Extensive road closures due to carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 13:13 , Bill Mcloughlin

Extensive road closures are in place both today and tomorrow due to the carnival, Transport for London has said.

Pictures: Carnival in full swing

Sunday 27 August 2023 12:49 , Bill Mcloughlin


Drummers hit the streets of Notting Hill

Sunday 27 August 2023 11:22 , Bill Mcloughlin

Local councillor delivers message to mark the carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 10:44 , Bill Mcloughlin

Watch: J’Ouvert in full swing

Sunday 27 August 2023 10:24 , Bill Mcloughlin

The traditional opening of the carnival, J’Ouvert, begins as crowds march through the streets of Notting Hill.

Pictures: Brazilian samba group hits the carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 10:08 , Bill Mcloughlin

Members of the Dende Nation take to the streets for carnival to shine a light on sustainability.

“Carnival is like what we eat in Brazil - rice and beans - it is part of what we are”, said Ms Pinho, who is also the one of the dance co-ordinators, along with Rosaria Gracia, as well as the costume co-ordinator for the group.

“I was born in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and my family and I would always go to Rio to have fun and just dance on the streets at their carnivals.

“In the UK, carnival is also done beautifully - it feels like an around-the-year event and it feels like we are a multicultural family,” said Mariana Pinho.

Mariana Pinho from the reggae samba group (PA)
Mariana Pinho from the reggae samba group (PA)

Samba reggae group to bring sustainability to forefront during carnival

Sunday 27 August 2023 09:16 , Bill Mcloughlin

A Samba reggae group participating in the Notting Hill Carnival hope to make sustainability “part of the party” as they don outfits made in Brazilian Samba schools that have been saved from landfill.

Dende Nation are to take to the streets of the west-London area on the children’s day of the Carnival on Sunday, moving to the beat of the Afro-Brazilian music and shining a light on sustainability through its Carnival project called Ebi Dende, which is derived from the Yoruba word for family – Ebi.

Drums used on the day have come from Taru Arts, which makes the instrument from recycled material and costumes to be worn originated from Samba schools in Rio and were used in the Rio Carnival via the Sustenta Carnaval Project.

Speaking about the environmental focus, Mariana Pinho, the project manager, who lives in south-east London, told the PA news agency: “We paired up with the public sector of Rio.

“We joined both State through Danielle Barros, secretary of culture and creative economy of the state of Rio, and City through Taina de Paula, secretary of environment and climate that, together, bridged the project with Rio Tur and Comlurb, Rio’s waste management company.

“Instead of going through the compressing trucks and ending up in the landfill, we used our own trucks to source over 23 tons of costumes on which 80 kilos have been shipped to London as part of a proof of concept summer season across events in the UK.

“We have been upcycling and customising the outfits to reduce carbon emissions and show you can have costumes, decor and fashion productions combining circular economy with outreach in a sustainable way.”

Notting Hill Carnival is ‘bigger and better than ever,’ says Sadiq Khan

Sunday 27 August 2023 08:56 , Bill Mcloughlin

The Mayor of London has referred to the Notting Hill Carnival as “part of the very fabric of our city” as he expressed his delight about it returning “bigger and better than ever”.

Ahead of the event, Sadiq Khan has expressed his joy about it returning, in a statement.

“Notting Hill Carnival is one of the world’s biggest street festivals, and is part of the very fabric of our city,” he said.

“The community-led celebration of Caribbean history and culture embodies everything that makes London the greatest city in the world and, as we continue to work to build a fairer, more prosperous city for all, I’m delighted that it’s back, bigger and better than ever.”

Mr Khan also praised those who have contributed towards, or will be part of, the carnival, from the event organisers to emergency service personnel.

“This fantastic celebration would simply not be possible without the hard work of the event organisers and I want to thank them along with our brilliant emergency service personnel, from the police, to the London Ambulance and the London Fire Brigade, who will be working hard over the entire weekend to keep us all safe and to ensure Carnival can be enjoyed by all Londoners and visitors,” he said.

Pictures: Revellers mark J’Ouvert

Sunday 27 August 2023 08:28 , Bill Mcloughlin


Notting Hill Carnival kicks off

Sunday 27 August 2023 08:04 , Bill Mcloughlin

Sunday is family day and begins with the traditional J’Ouvert before the formal opening of the parade.

J’Ouvert runs from 6am to 9am at Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove.

A woman reacts after being covered in paint during the ‘J’Ouvert’ celebrations (REUTERS)
A woman reacts after being covered in paint during the ‘J’Ouvert’ celebrations (REUTERS)