The NH Carnival is basically a massive parade and street party celebrating life, music and culture. This three-day festival has taken place in Notting Hill every August since 1966 and is one of the largest festivals in Europe. The festival originated as a “Caribbean Carnival” and has since blended with other festivals but definitely maintains the Caribbean flair. Brock and I watched the parade for a while walked around to see some of the side parties and concerts and just enjoyed ourselves. We saw some of the most amazingly detailed costumes, dancers, singers and more.
After watching the parade for a little over an hour, I noticed a mob of people covered in mud. I asked Brock, “Why are these people covered in mud??” Once they got closer, I realized it wasn’t mud but chocolate!! You could tell because of the overwhelming smell of chocolate. Once we spotted people tossing chocolate into the crowd, we decided to take our leave. I’m glad we saw the parade but it was a bit disorganized and messy for my liking. I just felt horrible for the people that live on the parade route…the trash was overwhelming. I hope there is a massive pick-up crew to clean up the mess. Let’s hope the Jane Austen festival is a bit more relaxed. I have a feeling it will be.
Here are a few pictures I snapped on Sunday.