British English Holidays – Notting Hill Carnival

hi everyone I’m Gina the Notting Hill
Carnival happens every year in August in the Notting Hill area of London it is
the colorful celebration and the biggest carnival in Europe in this lesson you’re
going to learn about what happens during the carnival and the history behind it food is a big feature of the festival do
you know what the most popular foods are we’ll show you the answer at the end of
this video the carnival in its current form was first held in 1966 and runs
over three days the August Bank Holiday Monday and the two days preceding it
over 1 million people attend the festival and the main event a colorful
parade winds through 20 miles of London streets the carnival began as a
small-scale local festival arranged by the West Indian community from those
humble beginnings it has evolved into a full-blooded Caribbean carnival
highlights of the weekend include a kids day with a costume contest and the
parade where floats and thousands of people walk through the streets one of
the key features of the carnival is music steel bands line the streets and
play and their music can be heard for miles
there are also displays of other types of music such as Calypso and soccer and
in recent years professional and international artists have begun to play
the carnival in increasing numbers when the carnival first started it was
without approval from the authorities it wasn’t until 1987 that the police
began to take a conciliatory approach with the carnival instead of simply
trying to shut it down and now I’ll give you the answer to the earlier quiz food
is a big feature of the festival do you know what the most popular foods are
stalls at the festival so many types of Caribbean food the most popular and
famous dishes are jerk chicken curried goat and rice and peas how was this
lesson did you learn something interesting
are there any festivals celebrating a foreign culture in your country leave us
a comment at English class and we’ll see you in the next lesson

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