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Stories and pictures from one of the world's biggest street festivals, the Notting Hill Carnival

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Clary Salandy's guide to costume-making for Notting Hill Carnival

Carnival costume-maker's how to guide

Clary Salandy's guide to costume-making for Notting Hill Carnival

Costumers from carnival club Elimu have been working 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, to make 125 costumes. The costume designs were created in Easter, and the team has spent the last three months making them.

In pictures: Getting ready for Notting Hill Carnival

Costumers from carnival club Elimu have been working 10-12 hours a day, seven days a week, to make 125 costumes. The costume designs were created in Easter, and the team has spent the last three months making them.

"Anybody who departs Notting Hill Gate station is immediately hit by the distinctive sounds, smells and sights of carnival. Whistles shriek, horns bellow and in the distance is the rumble of bass lines being emitted by hundreds of speakers. The crowds pass beneath the empty grand houses of west London, their gates and windows sealed off by wooden boards, many of which have been utilised by graffiti artists - or those just wanting to leave their mark."

Beats and barbecues at the Notting Hill Carnival

"Anybody who departs Notting Hill Gate station is immediately hit by the distinctive sounds, smells and sights of carnival. Whistles shriek, horns bellow and in the distance is the rumble of bass lines being emitted by hundreds of speakers. The crowds pass beneath the empty grand houses of west London, their gates and windows sealed off by wooden boards, many of which have been utilised by graffiti artists - or those just wanting to leave their mark."

See how Caribbean events  held in London during the 1960s evolved into " the largest street party in Europe."

In pictures: Fifty years of the Notting Hill Carnival

See how Caribbean events held in London during the 1960s evolved into " the largest street party in Europe."

Last year's Notting Hill Carnival saw four stabbings so serious the victims nearly died, a report says.

Notting Hill Carnival 'must be made safer', policing report says

Last year's Notting Hill Carnival saw four stabbings so serious the victims nearly died, a report says.

It may have been raining, but this did not deter thousands of people from attending Europe's biggest street festival in 2014

Rhythm, rum and rain at London's Notting Hill Carnival

It may have been raining, but this did not deter thousands of people from attending Europe's biggest street festival.

Police officers showing their dance moves to an appreciative crowd at the Notting Hill Carnival

'Police' get into Notting Hill beat

This amateur footage appears to show police officers showing their dance moves to an appreciative crowd at the Notting Hill Carnival

Hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on Notting Hill for the final day of carnival. Rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture and celebrating community cohesion, the event took on extra significance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy Colourful floats passed within half a mile of the blackened tower and revellers were encouraged to lower their music and walk respectably.

Notting Hill Carnival: Thousands enjoy sound, soca and sun

Hundreds of thousands of revellers descended on Notting Hill for the final day of carnival. Rooted in Afro-Caribbean culture and celebrating community cohesion, the event took on extra significance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy Colourful floats passed within half a mile of the blackened tower and revellers were encouraged to lower their music and walk respectably.

Why are people talking about crime instead of festivities?

Is the fun being sucked out of Notting Hill Carnival?

Police have made 290 arrests prior to this year's event, but carnival goers say the atmosphere on the ground is "positive".

Police say security plans have been thoroughly reviewed

Notting Hill Carnival: Barriers to 'stop terrorism'

Scotland Yard said security plans had been "thoroughly reviewed" after the Barcelona attack.

Minister for London Greg Hands  says this year's Notting Hill Carnival should be moved following the Grenfell Tower fire, questioning whether it was "appropriate" to stage a carnival near the site of a "national disaster". But London's mayor, Sadiq Khan, has rejected the call. And Pepe Francis, one of the carnival's organisers, said this year's event will "offer respect and solidarity" to the Grenfell Tower victims.

Notting Hill Carnival: MP in relocation call after Grenfell blaze

The minister for London queries whether it should be staged near the site of a "national disaster".

The final day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2016 saw spectacular costumes, sound systems and revellers dancing in the streets of west London.

Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival

The final day of the Notting Hill Carnival 2016 saw spectacular costumes, sound systems and revellers dancing in the streets of west London.

Five ways parents can keep their children entertained at what organisers claim is Europe's biggest street carnival - Notting Hill.

Notting Hill Carnival: How to keep the kids entertained

Five ways parents can keep their children entertained at what organisers claim is Europe's biggest street carnival - Notting Hill.

1976 - the year Notting Hill Carnival ended in riot

30 | 1976: Notting Hill Carnival ends in riot

More than 100 police officers are taken to hospital after clashes at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

"We don't pretend we can give solace. But we can, and will, offer respect and solidarity"

Grenfell fire: Notting Hill Carnival to hold minute's silence

"We don't pretend we can give solace. But we can, and will, offer respect and solidarity"

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Carnival's body-popping bobby goes viral

This police officer at Notting Hill Carnival had some serious moves.