Notting Hill Carnival revelers enjoy the first adult day parade since the pandemic

Notting Hill Carnival revelers enjoy the first adult day parade since the pandemic

Notting Hill Carnival revelers enjoy the first adult day parade since the pandemic

(Kirsty O'Connor / PA) (PA cable)

(Kirsty O’Connor / PA) (PA cable)

Young and old alike took to the streets of West London on Bank Holiday Monday as the Notting Hill Carnival continued to turn the area into a party for the first time since the pandemic.

The adult day parade saw many attendees dressed in colorful, sparkly costumes to match the dancers.

Pam Small, 54, came from the United States for the carnival and was dressed in yellow feathers and an intricate shimmering costume.

He has been traveling to the UK for carnival for nine years and is excited to be back after Covid.

He said: “I like everything. The people, the culture, the diversity: it’s really special to be here “.

Clayde Tavernier, 23, wore a blue feather crown, and bystanders stopped by to dance and take pictures with him.

The Dominican dancer, who attends every year, said: “Carnival is the time to be myself, to express who I am. I came from Dominica to be here and have fun ”.

Samba Dancers at the Notting Hill Carnival (Victoria Jones / PA) (PA Wire)

Samba Dancers at the Notting Hill Carnival (Victoria Jones / PA) (PA Wire)

Iona Edesiri Thomson and Neve Kearneg, both 18, from London, were following the parade on Ladbroke Grove rigged with Caribbean green and yellow to represent the Jamaican flag.

Ms. Thomson said: “We have been there since we were young children and this is the first time since Covid. People are so funny and I love food. The people who cook the food of their culture are truly amazing ”.

Kearneg added: “Britain is usually very white, but by going to carnival shows we are a multicultural nation and it is also great for tourism, which helps our economy.”

Walking in the parade was Rolando Ponde, 34, who wore white platform shoes and was covered in white, purple and pink feathers and matching diamonds.

Carnival returns for the first time in two years (Kirsty O'Connor / PA) (PA Wire)

Carnival returns for the first time in two years (Kirsty O’Connor / PA) (PA Wire)

He said: “Carnival is special because it introduces people to their roots, their culture. We have our own community here in the UK and we can all get together at the carnival ”.

Sharon Decairos, 54, and sister Samantha Decairos, 53, sat on camping chairs next to people celebrating on the street wearing Caribbean accessories.

Sharon Decairos said: “With Covid we were all stuck inside. This is what we were missing. “

Her sister added: “We can finally experience our culture again.”

They have been going to carnival since the 1970s and have claimed that cultural diversity and celebration are what makes it special.

Police watch the parade (Kirsty O'Connor / PA) (PA Wire)

Police watch the parade (Kirsty O’Connor / PA) (PA Wire)

Mark Brown, 22, wore a Jamaican flag around his neck as he queued for jerk chicken.

He said: “At carnival there are only good vibes. I’ve been there before, and now after Covid it’s like I’ve never left. “

Metropolitan police said 76 arrests had been made at 7 am on Monday for “a variety of different crimes”.

Officials said a police horse died on duty during the carnival after it collapsed at around 9pm on Sunday.

The force said it was too early to determine the cause of death, adding that there will be an investigation.

There was also a birth at the carnival, although it is not known if the mother was a local resident or if she was visiting the show.

A London Ambulance spokesperson said: “We were called at 6:45 pm on Sunday 28 August to report a person in labor within the Notting Hill Carnival imprint.

“We treated an adult and a child at the scene and took them to the hospital as a priority.”

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