NOTTING Hill Carnival revellers are seen getting the party started as hundreds cover themselves in paint to join Europe’s biggest street party.
Thrilling pictures show today’s show goers take part in the Caribbean tradition known as J’ouvert to mark the start of the annual carnival.
Revellers are seen playing the steel drums during the paint-filled party[/caption]
J’ouvert parade starts the carnival festivities with the traditional paint, oil and coloured powder being thrown to the sounds of African drums and rhythm bands[/caption]
A woman is seen pouring paint power over other revellers as part of this year’s festivities[/caption]
Over 12,000 cops will be at the scene of the north London event throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend.
However police officers working the event have been put on a dance ban at the hottest year the street party has ever recorded.
This year, over a million people are expected to attend the carnival and there will be an increased number of screening arches to check for knives at the event.
Today’s revellers have been pictures partaking in traditional festivities by hurling chocolate, paints and powder at each other while singing and dancing.
Boozed up revellers dressed up in fluorescent colours for the event[/caption]
A woman is seen taking a selfie whilst covered in paint[/caption]
Many party goers were seen enjoying the J’ouvert traditions of hurling chocolate, paints and powder at each other[/caption]
Two revellers stick their tongues out at each other[/caption]
Police watch over as revellers enjoy J’ouvert, a paint fight that officially marks the start of the Notting Hill carnival[/caption]
Police out in numbers in the early morning as the annual Notting Hill carnival kicks off with the Family Day parade and children dressed in colourful costumes[/caption]
Over 12,000 cops will be at the scene of the north London event throughout the August Bank Holiday weekend[/caption]
A police van pictured in Ladbroke Grove this morning where revellers began painting the town red in the early hours of the day[/caption]
The two-day event is the second largest street festival in the world after the Rio Carnival in Brazil, attracting over 1 million people to the streets of West London[/caption]
Police were seen keeping things under control on their bikes[/caption]
More than 2million people are expected to attend Europe’s biggest street party over two days of the bank holiday weekend[/caption]
A woman is seen dancing with a large rubber duck inflatable[/caption]
J’ouvert participants cover their body in mud, and celebrate the start of the carnival. When the sun has risen, the masquerade bands then take over[/caption]
Revellers are seen dancing friskily during the carnival[/caption]
A carnival goer is pictured posing by a police van[/caption]
Powder paint is seen thrown over revellers[/caption]
They were pictured having a good time this bank holiday weekend[/caption]
Water guns were also part of the celebration[/caption]
Ladbroke Grove saw many police officers walking round this morning[/caption]
Thousands took to the streets[/caption]
Paint was splattered across this reveller’s face and clothing[/caption]
The areas around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park are currently very busy with some road closures[/caption]
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