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August Notting Hill Carnival

August Notting Hill Carnival

Since 1966 an event by the name of Notting Hill Carnival has occurred in the streets of Ladbroke Grove, London, England. It’s not a typical street parade one would expect to take place on London’s normally populous roads. The Notting Hill Carnival celebrates the African-Caribbean traditions “of the post-1948 migration of peoples from the Caribbean,” and their previous collective and governmental positions that brought them to the United Kingdom (A History of Notting Hill Carnival).

This carnival digs deep regarding its roots. The origins trace back to days of slavery when enslaved Africans were prohibited from partaking in any celebratory activities, such as those masquerade balls organized by French plantation owners (A History of Notting Hill Carnival). So, in turn, they created their own legend of dances and festivities! From then on, the Africans and their successors continued the once-for-passing-time fiesta into a lifelong celebration of African heritage and values.

As of current times, Notting Hill Carnival takes place every August over a span of about two days. When the time comes, over two million attendees take pride in participating in the carnival’s revels! This makes it one of the prevailing street festivals across the globe. Wouldn’t it be something else to take part in it?

Now, don’t get it twisted; being a part of something like this has to do with much more than simply being apart. The Notting Hill Carnival developed out of an individual culture’s creation and historical adversity. It isn’t a grand opportunity to show off your flashy apparel or cultural borrowing. It is about celebrating the African heritage and its people’s rise from former travails. It is important to not displace the foremost origins of this monumental event. Taking away that footing would create a deflection from the entire purpose.

The aim of this compositional framing is to maintain awareness of the strong diversity present in the world but to also remember to not attempt to be influential where it isn’t necessary. This culminates a maturation and an altruistic lifestyle of acceptance where other cultures hold the spotlight, and you do nothing but sit in the audience and praise, accredit and celebrate other human beings.

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Article was written by Rebekah Mamola

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