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It's Never Too Hot for Notting Hill Carnival

Photos from this year's street party, which marked 60 years since the first Caribbean Carnival event in London.

by VICE UK; photos by Wunmi Onibudo
27 August 2019, 10:45am

All photography by Wunmi Onibudo

It was always going to be beauty. This year’s Notting Hill Carnival landed on one of those magical, ridiculously hot weekends where ‘wearing a shirt’ as a concept easily loses all meaning by midday. The good weather happened to highlight a landmark year. 2019 marks 60 years since the first Carnival, initially an indoor event organised by Claudia Jones to celebrate Caribbean culture in the capital. A few years later, in 1966, the event moved out to west London’s streets thanks to local resident Rhaune Laslett.

Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos

And so this past weekend, that heady mix of perfect weather and perennial community spirit on both the Sunday and Monday turned Carnival into the sort of sweat-slicked couple of days that everyone there will still be feeling in their thighs and calves by the end of the week. We asked photographer Wunmi Onibudo to head over and snap some pictures along the parade and by the soundsystems. Here’s what she saw.

Notting Hill Carnival 2019 parade VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
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Notting Hill Carnival 2019 photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 VICE street photos

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