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Last Updated: Monday August 31 2009 14:57 GMT

In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Girls at the Notting Hill Carnival

The biggest street party in Europe has been dancing its way through London on Sunday and Monday. It's thought as many as 600,000 people will visit the event.

Girls at the Notting Hill Carnival

Monday is the main day, but on Sunday it was the turn of the younger performers to be the stars of the show on Children's Day.

A girl at the Notting Hill Carnival

Many of the performers prepare for months for the big day, spending a great deal of time making their costumes. Let's hope this girl isn't scared of spiders!

A girl at the Notting Hill Carnival

This girl's outfit is a little less scary - although it looks pretty difficult to dance in.

People watch the Notting Hill Carnival

With all those people cramming onto the streets local residents grabbed any spot they could to watch the parades dance their way through Notting Hill.

Police at the Notting Hill Carnival

Lots of police were out and about to make sure Carnival was safe for people to enjoy. After the first day arrests were down on the numbers from 2008.

Adults take part at the Notting Hill Carnival

On bank holiday Monday it was the turn of the adults. As well as the parades there are loads of sound systems pumping out tunes and a lot of stalls selling very spicy food!