The 2011 Notting Hill Carnival will continue, but will close early every night due to increased fears of problems following last week’s London riots.
Carnival organizers said Thursday that the event would end in broad daylight in an attempt to minimize the risk of disruption.
The organizing committee of Notting Hill Carnival 2011 said in a statement that it will continue “To assess the seriousness of the impact that potential riots may have on the Notting Hill Carnival 2011 and to discuss measures that will be put in place to avoid unwanted incidents.”
Police will be in force for the two-day event during the official weekend weekend in August. It is a showcase for African-Caribbean culture and can attract crowds of one million people.
Notting Hill Carnival 2011 the organizers have decided that the float parade will end by 6:30 p.m., and the static sound systems by 7:00 p.m., earlier than usual.
The goal is to end up with crowds of people scattering until it gets dark, which police say is the time when trouble is likely to arise.
Another reason for early graduation is that parents can keep young people away from the carnival for fear of an increased chance of trouble.
Scotland Yard had previously planned to have 5,000 officers on duty during the 2011 Notting Hill Carnival, but after last week’s riots, the number will be more than doubled.
Due to the widespread nature of the riots, which are rioting in 22 of London’s 32 districts, there will be an increased police presence in the capital.
“The Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most important cultural events in London and its cancellation will have a negative impact on London’s economy and reputation as a center for successful big events.” said a spokesman for the organizing committee.
“After the recent turmoil in London, concerns about the safety of the event were expressed by the residents of Notting Hill, the business community and participants in the production of carnival orchestras.”
“Therefore, the carnival will start at 9 am and end by 7 pm on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August. Additional police officers and stewards will also be on duty to provide additional coverage. “
Matt supports the decision to continue with the carnival, believing that it will be a symbol of a return to normalcy.
Acting London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin, who testified before the Home Affairs Committee, said:
I want it to continue.
The number of letters to the Kensington and Chelsea Council calling for the abolition of the West London Carnival seems to be about the same as every year.
The group Notting Hill Carnival 2011 will be on the road from around 9 am on Sunday, August 28, 2011 and at the same time on Monday, August 29, 2011. Sunday is Children’s Day and Monday is Adult Day.
The event, which began in 1964 and is now one of the largest street festivals in the world, has been overshadowed by past violence.
In 1976, riots broke out in Notting Hill at the end of the carnival, injuring 100 police officers and 60 citizens. In 2000, there were two murders during the carnival.
Notting Hill Carnival is London’s liveliest holiday for variety, color and sound.
Held every August banking holiday since 1964, Notting Hill Carnival is the largest festival of its kind in Europe. Every year, the streets of West London come alive with the sounds and smells of the largest street festival in Europe.
At the heart of the Notting Hill Carnival are early 19th-century Caribbean carnivals – a particularly strong tradition in Trinidad – aimed at celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The first carnival was an attempt to demonstrate the musicians of the steel band, who played in the County Court of London every weekend. As the groups marched through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents into the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.
Notting Hill Carnival has become an internationally recognized event that stays true to its Caribbean roots. Over the past four decades, he has matured into a mix of different cultural and musical genres that gather on the contemporary streets of West London.
Today it is the largest street festival in Europe with hundreds of thousands of regular visitors enjoying live masquerade groups, Soundsystems, street food, dancing and much more.