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Monday, 27 August, 2001, 18:11 GMT 19:11 UK
Sunshine lifts carnival spirits
costumed Notting Hill carnival participant
Some 12,000 performers took part on Monday
Sunshine has lifted spirits and attendance figures for the second day of London's Notting Hill Carnival.

An estimated million excited festival-goers lined the streets for parades, floats and music at what was described by organisers as the most "relaxed" in years.

Notting Hill residents
Many locals took part from the comfort of home
Scotland Yard earlier defended the heavy police presence which they say has helped keep trouble to a minimum.

The carnival's organisers said they were happy with the way the carnival progressed on Monday.

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"It feels like everyone is pulling together to get behind the carnival and it really seems everyone has come with the right attitude and it feels more relaxed than it has done in previous years," said Steph Harwood, a spokeswoman for the event's organisers.

Police Officer dances with parade participant
Police Officers were encouraged to join in
A total of 10,000 police officers and 80 extra CCTV cameras have been put on the circular route for the two-day event, which was expected to attract two million people.

Bad weather and a heavy police presence was thought to be behind Sunday's lower than expected crime figures, which included offences involving drugs, robbery, theft and being drunk and disorderly.

Scotland Yard said the venture so far has been a success, though any likely trouble would take place later into the evening.

The cost of policing Europe's biggest street party shot to a record 4m this year following the violence which marred last year's event.

participant in Notting Hill Carnival
The rain which dampened Sunday disappeared
Twenty-seven people were arrested on the first day of the carnival and eight police offers needed treatment for minor injuries.

Ninety-three members of the public were treated for minor injuries.

Some revellers felt that the massive police presence should be put to one side to focus on the carnival itself.

One woman, who has been coming to the carnival since she was five and was now bringing her teenage daughter, said it was the tradition and atmosphere that brought millions from far and wide.

Many officers also put their jobs aside for a while to join in with the festivities, dancing with the floats and decorating their uniforms.

Scotland Yard's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Andy Trotter, said the huge police presence was "justified in the sense that we all need to work together to make sure that no one gets hurt in today's event through not having sufficient resources on duty".

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