An annual event which celebrates those who have played a part in the success of the Notting Hill Carnival has paid tribute to Grenfell Tower victims.
The Notting Hill Carnival Pioneers Festival took place Portobello Green and Acklam Village on Sunday (August 13) and was attended by more than 2,500 people.
A prelude to the Carnival which takes place on August 27 and 28, it was a celebration of its Caribbean roots, with the festival full of colour, energy, costumes, live music, food and glorious sunshine.
Throughout the day, tributes were paid by various artists to those who have died or suffered from the Grenfell tragedy, with the tower only half-a-mile from the pioneers festival.
Portobello Green was decorated by the 24hearts, a community project run by Sophie Lodge.
The theme of the festival, in its fifth year, was "Tributes to the Heroes and She-roes of Ladbroke Grove, Latimer and Harrow Rd".
Performances on the day included a mix of DJs, Soca and Reggae Artists, and a performance from the queen of Lovers Rock Janet Kay, who is also celebrating 40 years in the music industry.
The festival also celebrated the talent from the local community with performances from the Portobello Choir; the under 12s soca dance group; Empress *1 and many more.
The festival’s creative director Leslie Palmer MBE, who is recognised for his contribution to Carnival , started the pioneer’s festival to honour those who helped shape the Notting Hill Carnival as we know it today.
As well as the live entertainment the festival also hosted a fun zone for children of all ages, with a bouncy castle and plenty of arts and crafts.
A minute’s silence will take place during the Notting Hill Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday to remember the victims of the disaster, which has claimed the lives of at least 80 people.
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