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Notting Hill carnival 2018 kicks off with an explosion of colour

Heavy rain soaked the 59th year of the Notting Hill Carnival today, but it did not stop the determined revellers who were out for a party. Instead of the t-shirts and shorts sported for the searing hot weather of just a few weeks ago, there were umbrellas and a roaring trade for colourful plastic rain macs at Europe’s biggest street party.

As of 9.15pm on Sunday there were 126 arrests at the west London carnival, for offences including theft, criminal damage, sexual offences, common assault, assault on police, possession of offensive weapons, and possession of drugs. More than 125 arrests made on Notting Hill Carnival’s family day.

As of 9.15pm on Sunday there were 126 arrests at Notting Hill Carnival, for offences including: 2 x theft/going equipped 1 x theft from a person 3 x criminal damage 2 x sexual offences 3 x common assault 7 x public order 8 x assault on police 20 x possession of offensive weapons 42 x drugs offences 26 x other offences including 12 for psychoactive drugs. A total of 16 knives have been recovered by police.

Notting Hill carnival kicks off with an explosion of colour

Revellers had been asked to show respect and some, including Notting Hill Carnival Limited executive director Matthew Phillip, wore something green for Grenfell in tribute.    Some 13,000 officers have been deployed to the bank holiday weekend event – around 450 more than last year and more than the parades over the past five years. Almost 7,000 officers, some from the Metropolitan Police’s newly formed Violent Crime Task Force, will be policing Monday’s event to ‘combat the threat of violent crime,’ according to the Metropolitan Police. This will be up from 6,100 on-duty officers on Sunday’s less busy family day. Undercover police officers, as well as officers from the force firearms and dog unit, are on duty.

The event is expected to attract more than one million revellers to its floats, food stalls and music. Kensington and Chelsea Council’s new leader Elizabeth Campbell was among the carnival crowds. She was chatting with council deputy leader Kim Taylor-Smith and Conservative politician Shaun Bailey. Rain doesn’t deter the performers as ‘first in line’ leads the group with a matching bedazzled umbrella in the excitement Dancers perform during the Children’s day parade was they try not to trip on rollerblades around the course One group of revellers covered themselves in oil and walked the route with chains, drums and even a vaccum cleaner One pair’s costume includes one being dragged through the festivities along the Notting Hill route in an absence of colour The huge street party in West London has party goers painting the route in fluorescent colours on Sunday’s family day One woman at the carnival poses in her paint covered clothes and hands as she enjoys the festivities of its 59th year Notting Hill revellers throw powder paint kicking off the three and a half mile carnival with an explosion of colour  Some revellers even shunned the protective overalls to to indulge in the colourful atmosphere of the carnival.

The large party in West London is celebrated by many Caribbean cultures in places where West Indian people have migrated Music will also stop for a 72-second silence to pay tribute to the 72 people who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy This year police will have the power to stop and search people at the Notting Hill Carnival in a bid to crack down on violence

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Emma Jones is an entertainment journalist for UKCelebrityNews and other magazines. The author or coauthor of ten books, Emma has sold several million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.