|Posted on August 31, 2019 at 2:40 PM|
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 was a success!
It's been a week since Notting Hill Carnival took place. Oh How Time Flies!
1 week since Afro Caribbeans from all different islands, Africans from different parts of the continent, British people and more beautiful peple from different parts of the world came together to celebrate the the Caribbean culture. I write a week later because I've had a chance to reflect on my experience of Notting Hill Carnival 2019, and I'm proud to say that it was a SUCCESS. Success is my favourite word by the way and I'm pleased to be able to insert it into this sentence.
Here are the reasons why I think Notting Hill Carnival was a success this year.
1. The weather was absolutely amazing. Bank Holiday after Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom we look forward to the sun, and more often than not, we get rain instead. The August Bank Holiday is a sign of the end of Summer, but instead of getting one last bit of sun, we get proof that Autumn is almost here. With that being said, we got the marvellous news that an Indian Summer was on the way and in fact this year the Bank Holiday was going to be a scorcher, and it was. We enjoyed 30 degree weather for a few days and it was wonderful, we had a heatwave. We get told to stay in the house, out of the heat if we can BUT, we wait all year for the sun, why would we stay in the house when the sun finally shows itself? So, everyone came out and enjoyed the sun with his rasta man hat on.
2. Me and my sister took my nephew to carnival for his first experience. This point is very personal but it's part of my reason for it being a success. My nephew turned 13 years old this summer. He travelled quite a lot and did more than the average child does during the 6 weeks off school, but I'm pleased to say that I got to introduce a hint of our culture to him. He had a whistle and a flag that he wore over his shoulders. We were all proudly representing Dominica and it was great. His feet started hurting, he got a bit of a headache, he was tired and wanted to go all at different stages BUT he got food (He loves fried dumplin - so do I) and we left when the time was right. Overall, I'm glad his first experience was with us, and he said he would go again when he is a little older. P.S. It was children's day and even though its not solely for children, it's great that children are able to come along and children are a part of the parade.
3. Like I already mentioned, the fact that all races, nationalities, religions, cultures etc could come together in the name of love, positivity, unity, music, togetherness, celebration and dance, sing, talk, take photos, film and rave for the Caribbean carnival is amazing. I think that in itself made it a success. We have seen an awful lot of discrimination, hate, crimes, inequality and the list goes on over the past couple of years, and the one time in the year when race, nationality, religion, culture, age, gender, sexuality etc doesn't matter happens to be a Caribbean tradition makes it an even bigger success. I don't have to say much more about that point, I just hope it sinks in.
4. The amount of reported crime was impressive. I saw the statistics and the attendance, and the comparison to British festivals that occur every year and I'm pleased to confirm that over 2.5 million people attended and there were less than 400 arrests - 353 to be exact. With that staggering number of people revelling through the streets of London - Ladbrooke Grove and Portobello Road (part of the route} offenses committed and arrests made were low. People came out to have fun, to enjoy the music, the good vibes, to see the dancers and those in colourful, creative costumes. People came to represent their countries and keep the 53 year old tradition going. Negativity wasn't a motive and because of that, I say Notting Hill Carnival was a success.
This event is a part of my culture. I'm very proud of my culture. It is a big part of who I am and how I live my life, the work that I do, the content and products that I create and I am once again pleased that the Caribbean culture was celebrated successfully on day1 and day2. Only God knows if I will attend next year, but for now I hope that it too will be a success.
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