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In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival 2008

Women in costumes

The Notting Hill Carnival, which has been held every August Bank Holiday since 1966, is the world's second largest street party, after the Rio Carnival in Brazil.

Dancer and police officer at the Notting Hill Carnival

Some 600,000 people joined in two days of fun, and the atmosphere was one of celebration, despite tight security.

Dancer at the Notting Hill Carnival

Months of hard work goes into the elaborate costumes to make the Notting Hill Carnival a sea of bright colours.

Dancer at the Notting Hill Carnival

Lavishly decorated floats snaked their way through the streets to the sound of steel drums. Themes included Back From Space, Creatures Of The Earth and Paradise.

Norman McKenzie

Norman McKenzie, 42, has been serving jerk chicken at the carnival for the past six years.

A man wearing a Usain Bolt T-shirt

The success of Jamaica in the Olympics was a source of pride for many carnival revellers, with sprinter Usain Bolt now joining Bob Marley as a Jamaican icon.

Drummers

Music has always played an integral role at the Notting Hill Carnival, and the sound of drumming mixed with the music coming from giant speakers.

Tanya carrying a Barbados flag

Like many revellers, Tanya, whose family is from Barbados, was keen to display her roots.

Ezio Kroll

Ezio Kroll goes to the carnival every year because he says it's the one time in the year when Londoners relax and talk to strangers.

Francoise Leroy (left), Jean Sebastien Dakpe-Bocognonin, Simon Foutrel, Inorgane Lesne, Matthieu Talouen

The theme of this year's event is Welcoming the World. In keeping with this, Francoise Leroy (left) and his friends travelled from Normandy, France, to spend the weekend at the carnival.

Becki Havill (left), April Summers and Beth Summers

Becki Havill, 15, was soaking up the atmosphere at her first carnival with her friends April and Beth Summers. The trio were looking forward to sampling some jerk chicken.

Women in costumes

The event was started by the Caribbean immigrants of the area. It served as an act of community defiance following race riots.



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