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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 August, 2004, 13:59 GMT 14:59 UK
In pictures: Children's Day at carnival
Girl in large costume
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The Notting Hill Carnival features hundreds of costumes, performers and floats every year
Back of costume
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It is estimated that more than one million man hours are spent preparing for the carnival
Woman at carnival in costume
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It began as a small-scale event organised by local West Indian immigrants
People watching from their windows
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And now it is celebrating its 40th anniversary and more than one million people are expected to attend
Dancers on carnival route
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During its three days 80 CCTV cameras will keep watch over the carnival route
Boy in costume
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About 30 million sequins are sewn onto costumes for the weekend
Group of children
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The theme of this year's parade is freedom and justice




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