SUMMER TIME | Rain fails to stop the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival kick-off

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 28/08/2016. London, UK. Dancers and children parade on family day of Notting Hill Carnival in west London, Sunday, 28 August 2016. Photo credit: Tolga Akmen/LNP

HOUSANDS of revellers braved the rain to kick off the Notting Hill Carnival in style – with a colourful street party.

Partygoers were up at the crack of dawn to throw paint, mud, chocolate and oil on each other while dancing.

Performers in costume parade on the firs

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Performers in colourful costumes at the first day of the Notting Hill Carnival
Performers in costume pose on the first

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Poor weather didn’t stop people getting into the carnival spirit in west London
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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The Notting Hill Carnival kicked off this morning with a street party

Cop gets twerked by two girls at the Notting Hill Carnival

Children Day at Notting Hill Carnival in London

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Revellers cover each other in paint at the carnival today
London, UK. 28 August 2016. The traditional early morning Jouvert Parade kicks off the first day of Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world's largest street festivals. At the parade paint and flour is thrown. In 2016 Notting Hill Carnival celebrates

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The traditional Jouvert Parade saw revellers throw paint, mud, chocolate and oil on each other while dancing
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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Despite miserable weather in the capital huge crowds turned out for day one of the festival
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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Today is Family Day at the Notting Hill Carnival and features a parade for youngsters
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London

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Performers took part in the family day parade at Notting Hill Carnival today
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Rain is forecast for both days of this year’s carnival
Notting Hill Carnival Sunday Parade

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival

The traditional Jouvert Parade marks the start of the two-day celebration.

The annual carnival in west London is celebrating its 50th anniversary and huge crowds have turned out despite the miserable weather.

More than a million people are expected to attend during the two-day celebration, the highlight of which is tomorrow’s grand parade.

After this morning’s sunrise street party Children’s Day continued with a parade aimed at youngsters.

Children Day at Notting Hill Carnival in London

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Scores of performers will entertain crowds at the two day festival
Performers in costume parade on the firs

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Crowds gathered to watch performers in elaborate, colourful costumes parade through the streets
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Sunday is Family Day before tomorrow’s Grand Parade
Spectators watch performers participating in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London

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Despite miserable weather hundreds of thousands flocked to west London for the carnival
Performers in costume parade on the firs

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The Notting Hill Carnival continues tomorrow with another parade through the streets

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The carnival has taken place in west London every year since 1966
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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Notting Hill Carnival is the biggest street party in Europe and the second biggest carnival in the world
The 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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The Notting Hill Carnival attracts people from around the world
London, UK. 28 August 2016. The traditional early morning Jouvert Parade kicks off the first day of Notting Hill Carnival, one of the world's largest street festivals. At the parade paint and flour is thrown. In 2016 Notting Hill Carnival celebrates

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The event’s roots lie in the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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This morning the carnival kicked off with the traditional Jouvert Parade
Notting Hill Carnival Sunday Parade

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Showers are forecast for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend

The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street party and the second largest carnival in the world, behind only Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

Police officers with special skills for recognising the faces of offenders will be on hand in a crackdown on crime at the carnival.

The “super-recognisers” will be inside a CCTV control room seeking out both offenders committing crimes and anyone with bail conditions which ought to stop them from attending the event.

The Notting Hill Carnival is estimated to contribute about £93million to London’s economy

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The Notting Hill Carnival is estimated to contribute about £93million to London’s economy
There are about 15,000 costumes on display at the carnival each year

There are about 15,000 costumes on display at the carnival each year
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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There is an increased police presence at carnival this year in a bid to cut down crime
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Huge crowds are expected for the two day event
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A colourful spectacular kicked off the Notting Hall Carnival today
Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK - 28 Aug 2016

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40,000 volunteers help to stage the Notting Hill Carnival each year
The 1973 Carnival was the first to have a scheduled parade route

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The 1973 Carnival was the first to have a scheduled parade route
The Notting Hill Carnival is a visual spectacular that attracts more than a million people

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The Notting Hill Carnival is a visual spectacular that attracts more than a million people

It is one of a number of measures the Met will be taking to ensure visitors from all over the country can stay safe and enjoy themselves during the carnival.

The force will also be trialling a facial recognition system to help identify wanted offenders, by using cameras which scan the faces of those passing by and flag up potential matches against a database of custody images.

London’s “threat level” has been set at “severe” for some time now and the police are urging all those planning to attend the carnival to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Over the last week, police have arrested 215 people they believe planned to use the carnival as a cover for committing crime or violence. More than 200 search warrants were also made.

Although the arrests were mostly for drugs-related offences, officers have also taken six firearms and 50 rounds of ammunition, as well as a number of knives and machetes from the streets.

Three motor vehicles and £30,000 were also seized.

The 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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Men smothered in oil – and in one case holding a telephone – pictured this morning
Performers participate in the children's day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in London

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Acrobatics, costumes and music entertain crowds at the Notting Hill Carnival
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The two event concludes tomorrow with the grand parade, which kicks off at 10.30am
Revellers threw paint, oil and chocolate at each other to kick off the two day event

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Revellers threw paint, oil and chocolate at each other to kick off the two day event
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A carnival-goer laughs with a cop as police employ special facial recognition software to clamp down on trouble at this years event
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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The early morning parade traditionally recognises the need for people to let go of their worries
Day 1 of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival

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A woman walks through the street covered in paint as carnival gets underway

Superintendent Robyn Williams said: “This weekend is the highlight of the year, not only for the Caribbean community, but also for many visitors from London and the rest of the country.

“The Met has worked hard to ensure that Carnival is a safe and enjoyable weekend for everyone who attends and I would ask all carnival-goers to enjoy this family event and make sure that you follow officers’ and stewards’ instructions.”

For everything you need to know if you’re heading to Notting Hill Carnival this weekend click here.

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