Notting Hill Carnival: Hundreds of thousands set to hit streets for day two of festival

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Hundreds of thousands of people are set to flock to Notting Hill Carnival as the capital gears up for the final day of Europe’s biggest street festival.

Festivities 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.

Yet amid festivities, 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.


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