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Notting Hill Carnival: Live updates on family day as street party remembers victims of Grenfell Tower fire

This year the Carnival is going "Green for Grenfell" in honour of the victims of the tragedy at the tower in June

The streets of W10 will be alive with vibrant music and colourful dancing for the Notting Hill Carnival 2017 .

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, the parade is a free celebration of Caribbean culture.

At 3pm on both Sunday and Monday, revellers will pause to remember the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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See you tomorrow

That’s a wrap y’all.

Thanks for being with us today - we will be back tomorrow with more news and information about the grand finale of Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival.

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Dancers perform during the Family Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London(Image: PA)

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Here's what you need to know

Heading to tomorrow’s grand finale? Here’s everything you need to know.

Revellers walk through Notting Hill Carnival (Image: Getty Images Europe)

How to relax after the carnival

Is there a better way to relax after a tiring day at Notting Hill Carnival? We don’t think so.

Still going strong

It’s 5pm and the Notting Hill Carnival is still going strong.

Mixed emotions

As tributes were paid to victims of Grenfell Tower at the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival, revellers experienced mixed emotions.

Revellers embrace as Grenfell tower is seen in the distance (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Today’s events run until 8.30pm - and festivities start again at 9am tomorrow morning.

Mayor of London tells revellers to 'be safe'

On his official Facebook page, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan described the Notting Hill Carnival as a “unifying and positive force in this city”.

The Mayor continued: “I was honoured to take part in the opening ceremony this morning, which started the world-famous carnival parade, and to remember all those affected by the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower which has left a tight-knit community in sorrow and mourning.

“The families of those who tragically lost their lives – many of whom are here today - made it clear they want to use this occasion as a way for people to support the community and to come together, honour, and celebrate the lives of their loved ones and that is exactly what we did today.”

As the festival will be busy tomorrow (August 28), Mr Khan advised those attending to go early and plan their journeys in advance.

He added: “Be safe and most importantly, have a wonderful time.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attending the Notting Hill Carnival (Image: PA)

Beautiful moment

At 3pm today (August 27), thousands of festival goers stopped to pay tribute to those who died as a result of June’s disaster.

Revellers pause for a minutes silence at 3pm for victims of the Grenfell fire tragedy as they walk through Notting Hill Carnival(Image: Getty Images Europe)

'You could hear a pin drop'

The minute’s silence in honour of Grenfell Tower victims has been described as an “amazing” moment by those who watched it.


That's A LOT of people

Can you guess how many people are at this year’s Family Day?

Crowds attend the Family Day at the Notting Hill Carnival(Image: PA)

One minute of silence at 3pm

In 20 minutes, festival goers will fall silent in honour of those who died and have been affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

It will be followed by the “Bridge Over Troubled Water” charity single.

Grenfell Tower is seen in the distance as a family walks through the designated Quiet Zone during the Notting Hill Carnival(Image: Getty Images Europe)

MP for Kensington speaks about threat of terror at Notting Hill Carnival

MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coad says attackers “would have to be foolish to try anything” at this year’s event.

Everybody dance now

Youngsters perform during this year’s Family Day parade at the Notting Hill Carnival.

Young dancers at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London(Image: PA)

Oh sunny day

The sun is (still) shining in west London.

According to the Met Office, the day will be dry and temperatures are forecast to peak at 23C.

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More about this weekend’s weather here

Campaign against facial recognition technology

A UK-based human rights organisation is campaigning against the use of facial recognition technology at Notting Hill Carnival.

Facial recognition uses biometric software to create maps of people’s facial characteristics.

According to the organisation, the Metropolitan Police is using the software to scan the faces of thousands of festival goers.

They have called on the Met to scrap the plans.

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Minute's silence at 3pm

Victims of Grenfell Tower tragedy will be remembered with a minute’s silence at Notting Hill Carnival.

Today (August 27) festival goers will fall silent at 3pm.

And on the second day (August 28) of the west London event, another minute’s silence will be held at the same time.


So much fun

Our reporter Zosia Eyres joins thousands of festival goers as Family Day parade takes over the streets of west London.

Road closures

There will be major road closures in west London from 2am on Sunday (August 27) until 5am on Tuesday (August 29).

Motorists are advised to avoid parts of west London listed here, or allow extra time for their journey.

Grenfell Tower seen in the distance as festival goers take part in Notting Hill Carnival(Image: Getty Images Europe)

J'ouvert!

Here’s a picture of a paint-covered reveller taking part in the “J’ouvert” opening parade of the Notting Hill Carnival. But what’s this tradition all about?

“J’ouvert” is an important part of Caribbean carnivals. In Trinidad and Tobago, where the tradition is still followed, participants cover their body in mud, and celebrate the start of the carnival.

Nowadays, many variants of the J’ouvert exist. Mud is being replaced with paint, powder, and even chocolate.

Revellers take part in traditional "J'ouvert" opening parade(Image: Getty Images Europe)

Dozens of ambulances 'ready' for carnival

Ambulances and medical staff ready to assist patients at Notting Hill Carnival.

Some have criticised the decision to hold this year’s festival. PCC for Lincolnshire, Marc Jones, said on Twitter: “I can’t process logic of holding an event with this level of risk to public.”

Share your pictures with us!

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Family Day is underway

Festival goers take over streets of west London as Notting Hill Carnival Family Day kicks off.

What to wear

Are you heading to Notting Hill Carnival this bank holiday weekend? Not sure what to wear? Think bright, feathers and whistles. Shoes you can dance in all day, and something to keep the rain off.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Young women prepare for Notting Hill Carnival (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Mayor of London speaks to Grenfell Tower survivors

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaks to families of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire as he attends the annual Notting Hill Carnival Family Day in west London.

Mayor of London speaks to Grenfell Tower fire survivors (Image: PA)

Doves released at Notting Hill Carnival

During the festival’s opening ceremony, dozens of doves, which are often used to symbolise peace, were released by Grenfell Tower survivors.

Met Police seizes a kilo of cocaine

Met Police officers have seized one kilo one “uncut cocaine” in Catford as part of their festival operation.

But Twitter users are not happy with the Met’s use of the hashtag #NottingHillCarnival. One user said: “Catford is about 12 miles away from Notting Hill, in a different borough and takes about an hour to get to on the tube? So the link is?”

The Met Police hasn’t responded to the tweets yet.

Green for Grenfell

Notting Hill Carnival started earlier this morning in honour of those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Survivors are asking festival goers to wear green in solidarity.

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And the fun begins...

'London is open', says Sadiq Khan

“London is open. Open for community. Open for diversity. Open for the Notting Hill Carnival,” said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during the festival’s opening ceremony.

'This year’s carnival will be particularly poignant', says Cllr Campbell

Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, attends opening ceremony of Notting Hill Carnival.

Speaking ahead of the event, Cllr Campbell said: “Notting Hill Carnival is traditionally an event which brings Londoners from different backgrounds together in one joint celebration.

“This year’s carnival will be particularly poignant in a year which has seen central London hit by devastating terrorist attacks and witnessed the unimaginable horror of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“We work closely with the organisers, London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprise Trust Ltd (LNHCET), and other agencies to ensure visitors and residents have the best time possible.”

Read more here

St John Ambulance staff briefed

St John Ambulance staff and volunteers are now being briefed.

The first aid charity has 170 volunteers in place, eight treatment centres, and 20 ambulances.

Find out more information here

Good morning!

Stick with us throughout the day as we we bring you all the latest news and information about the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival.

If you are heading to the carnival today (August 27), make sure you know where to go and what to expect.

Let the fun begin!

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