I remember you Carnival 2006

In my head when I hear the word "Carnival" there is only one that comes to mind and it aint in Rio or Trinny! It's Notting Hill, nothing but Notting Hill.

Notting Hill carnival has it's roots in 1964 and is the biggest street party in Europe. Led by those party, soca loving Trinidad and Tobago islanders it attracts millions of people every August.

I feel a bit daft saying that I am a bit of a carnival veteran but it's so true! I have been dancing pon those streets almost every year since 1995. I am so old!

One of my most favourite carnivals was the one of 2006. It was rowdier back then and Hiro and I could always be found in the thick of it. Carnival time is always manic....it's a raucous confusion of jerk chicken, jerk fish, rum, red stripe and sound systems back then it was LIVE!

I found these pictures on an old hard drive. These film photos were taken by my bro in law and they remind me of the good time. We ate so much that day, we drunk so much rum and we danced till out feet hurt.

We will probably be there this year. If you see me...come say hello! Let's sip a plastic cup of rum, bust a likkle move and share the good vibes.


  1. I love the Notting Hill carnival! Went there a few years ago, loving the vibrance and the general happy mood! If you're up for a similar one, try the Bristol St Pauls festival. Lots of noise, dancing, alcohol and vuvuzelas ;)

  2. Awwwwww you look so young and bouncy

  3. Haven't been to carnival in years. Need a smaller camera so I can go again. Xxxx

  4. Love your post and pictures! It's cool that you've been going every year since 1995. I love the different mix of people in the crowds.

  5. ooohh that looks like a lot of fun!! i wish we have somethin' that here in u.s. :( btw i luv ur hair!! u have a very nice curls =)

  6. Super pictures! There is something about carnaval that ticks my box enormously.

    Carnaval will always be St. Maarten to me...I was one of those revellers and had my bestie friend to be a partner in crime.

    Still, I hope to add Rio to my collection of memories some day...oh, and Notting Hill, ofcourse...maybe I will stumble into you, LOL

  7. Omg lmao this reminds me of the first time and last time I went. I was under 10 and I nearly got taken away in the crowds just swept away lool -- I can laugh now but back then it shocked me enough for me to say - never again. Haven't been since, damn.

    But on a lighter note I am loving the photography. Look at your haaaair!

  8. I keep missing it for some reason or other every. blardy. year! I'm determined to go this year, but then I've got my dissertation, so I'll have to see at what stage I'm at by that time. Gah! I really want to go! Your pics look great!

  9. In all my years in London, I have never been! Every year I say I must go and I never do. If the sun shines this year then I may well make it a point to go :)


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