Snapshot: Notting Hill Carnival, 1975

The annual two-day event held on the streets of west London is billed as the biggest street festival in Europe. The Financial Times today published this brief article and the photo above. Follow the link below to the original report.

Up to 1m revellers are expected to pack the streets of west London for this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival, the annual two-day event billed as the biggest street festival in Europe. This picture by Chris Steele-Perkins, a British photographer, was taken at the Carnival in 1975. London’s first Caribbean carnival was held in 1959 at St Pancras town hall, north London, and was organised by Claudia Jones, co-founder of Brixton-based newspaper the West Indian Gazette. Televised by the BBC for Six-Five Special – a forerunner to Top Of The Pops – it was timed to coincide with a carnival in Trinidad, the largest in the Caribbean. The event moved to the streets of Notting Hill in 1964, when it was attended by 500 people.

Notting Hill Carnival, August 26 and August 27; www.thenottinghillcarnival.com

For the original report go to http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/e3361272-ed95-11e1-83d1-00144feab49a.html#ixzz24Z713zjY

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