From performers and long-time Carnival lovers to those who will be experiencing it for the first time, everybody is gearing up for this weekend.
Amran Elkouny, of Darts Street in Queens Park, has been to Carnival twice and loved his experience.
When questioned about the dangers of Carnival, he said: “I am aware of the drugs and violence but I have never taken drugs. I am not that kind of guy and fighting is not my scene either and it wouldn’t put me off from going in the future.”
The 20-year-old’s favourite part of the carnival is the house music, in particular Sancho Panza, the legendary sound system, who have previously performed along Alderson Street. Metropolitan Bar, next to Westbourne Park Road, is also one of his favourites.
Sarah Asante, of Barlby Road, has been to Carnival seven times in the past, but the dangers which present themselves over the weekend have prevented her from going back.
The 29-year-old said: “I am very aware of the drugs and violence at Carnival. The acid throwing is a massive danger and is the reason why I don’t go anymore.
“The police do what they can. There should be more undercover police but I’m aware this is a costly option.”
On a more positive note, she thoroughly enjoyed her time at the carnival when she did go. The judging point was the most exciting part for Sarah, where the crowds can view the costumes close-up. The location varies each year and takes place on bank holiday Monday.
Tom Purcell, 53, lives at Orchard Close just off Golborne Road. He has attended Carnival about a dozen times and has enjoyed his experiences, especially the food.
Tom, who has fond memories of attending, explained the event can get dangerously crowded but has never let this hinder his experiences.
He said: “I am aware of the drugs and violence, but that wouldn’t stop me from going in the future. It is easy to avoid if you are experienced.”
Stefan Fukula and Angel Isaac, both 15, live right in the centre of where it all happens.
Stefan, of Wessex Estate, and Angel, of Westbourne Park Road, have been to Carnival every year since they were babies.
Angel said: “My mum has a Grenadian food stall and so I’ve been going all my life. I love it, I feel safe and I have never experienced trouble.”
Both 15-year-old’s stressed their love for the Carnival music, especially the King Tubby sound system, by Powis Square, run by a family friend of Angel’s.
Stefan’s highlight has been running into celebrities. He said: “I once met all the members of Stooshe, but they weren’t nice at all!”
However he explained this didn’t dampen his experience and he shall be on the lookout this weekend for friendlier faces.
Bart Van’toever, 19, has spent the last ten days with Notting Hill Community Church preparing for his performance on the stilts for his first ever Carnival.
He said: “There are over 70 of us involved, I am very excited. The violence that sometimes arises won’t stop us from going or performing because we have God on our side.”
Hildred Watts, of Ladbroke Grove, whose daughter is performing at carnival, has been six times and loves attending carnival for the costumes, music and fantastic Caribbean food.
She said: “It’s all about the music, the traditional calypso style. It takes me back to a happier time; memories of the Caribbean with the great weather, sound of the sea and its beautiful tropical environment.”
Hildred’s daughter will be performing in a procession run by the ClementJames Centre. The proud mother added: “It’s great how the carnival showcases talent, not only through art but also design, celebrating local artists and their work.
“Carnival doesn’t just attract a local community, but a national one. The community spirit is just great.”