The Monday parade features up to 60 bands in magnificent costumes. Starting at 10.00am prompt the bands, floats and mobile sound systems make their way through the streets following the Carnival route. Meanwhile, some 30 static sound systems entertain thousands of dancers at locations around Notting Hill. Caribbean Carnival food of all descriptions is available, freshly cooked, from street vendors at licensed sites, all to be washed down with a wide array of traditional drinks.
The Grand Finale
The top bands will be on the route early as they’ll want to be sure of getting to the judging point in good time. The dazzling costumes take imagination, creativity, skill and months of hard work to put together. The judging is crucial and, not surprisingly, competition between bands is fierce for the accolade of the best at Europe’s biggest and greatest street festival.