Notting Hill Carnival 2017: Hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets for day two of festival

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Hundreds of thousands of people were dancing their way through the streets of Notting Hill today for the final day of Europe’s biggest street festival.

Festivities at the 2017 Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with ‘Family Day’ yesterday amid sombre tributes to the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze, and will continue today with further celebrations during the typically livelier Bank Holiday Monday parades.

The release of dozens of white doves marked the start of the proceedings yesterday, followed by a minute’s silence at 3pm, when the otherwise joyous attendees bowed their heads in honour of those who perished and the people that tried to save them.

Speaking at the official opening, local MP Emma Dent addressed the “Grenfell generation”, telling them: “Today is a day to set aside our burden of sadness.”

On Monday a second silence will take place at 3pm, followed by a rendition of the Grenfell charity single Bridge Over Troubled Water.

A zone of quiet reflection around the blackened shell of Grenfell will also remain fenced off out of respect to victims and their families – and attendees have been urged not to take selfies with the tower.

But joyful revellers will be hoping to make the most of the final day, which is typically the livelier of the two days of the long-running street festival, the largest in Europe and second worldwide only to Rio.

Security will remain tight following recent atrocities and police warnings for people to be vigilant.

A heavy police presence will again mark the tree-lined streets leading to the main parade route, including steel barriers, concrete blocks and weapons checks, which police said were in place to guard against the threat a of Barcelona-style terror incident, and potential acid attacks.

Scotland Yard said there had been 106 arrests during the first day of Carnival as of 10pm on Sunday. 

More than a third of these – 42 – were said to be for drugs offences, while there were eight arrests for possession of an offensive weapon or knife/ blade, nine public order arrests and ten common assault arrests.

Some nine arrests for sexual offences were also carried out, and six arrests for assault of police officers.

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