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الاثنين، 26 أغسطس 2013

مئات الألوف يشاركون في كرنفال نوتينغ هيل غرب لندن


مئات الألوف يشاركون في كرنفال نوتينغ هيل غرب لندن
 49 سنة مرت على انطلاق مهرجان الثقافة الكاريبية الأكبر في أوروبا
 تدفق مئات الألوف من البريطانيين والسياح على حي نوتينغ هيل في غرب العاصمة البريطانية لندن، لحضور اليوم الثاني لكرنفال نوتينغ هيل الذي يعتبر أكبر مهرجان شوارع في القارة الأوروبية ويحتفي بالحضارة والطعام والموسيقى والرقص الكاريبي. وقد انطلقت السيارات الضخمة المزينة بالورود والتي تحمل الفرق الموسيقية التقليدية في اليوم الثاني في الساعة التاسعة صباح الاثنين، في الوقت الذي بلغت فيه درجة الحرارة 26 درجة مئوية.
وكان الكرنفال الذي يعتبر أكبر مهرجان شوارع في أوروبا قد بدأ أول من أمس الأحد بيوم الطفولة، وشارك فيه مئات الأطفال. وكان المنظمون يخشون من سقوط الأمطار التي ربما تؤثر على عدد المشاركين، إلا أن الطقس كان صافيا في حي نوتينغ هيل في غرب لندن الذي يشهد تنظيم الكرنفال المتخصص في الثقافة الكاريبية.
وذكر متحدث باسم الشرطة أن أكثر من 7 آلاف رجل شرطة شاركوا في حراسة وحماية الكرنفال يوم الاثنين الذي يعتبر بمثابة الليلة الكبيرة. وكان 6 آلاف ضابط شرطة قد تولوا حماية يوم الطفولة أول من أمس الأحد.
 وذكر الموقع الخاص بالكرنفال أن طول العربات المزينة يصل إلى ما يقرب من 36 كيلومترا، بالإضافة إلى 40 شبكة صوت (ساوند سيستم) ثابتة ومئات من أكشاك بيع أكلات منطقة البحر الكاريبي وأكثر من 40 ألف متطوع.
وكان حي نوتينغ هيل الواقع في غرب لندن حيا فقيرا جذب المهاجرين الأوائل القادمين من جزر الهند الغربية في الخمسينات من القرن الماضي، وهو السبب وراء ارتباط الحي بالكرنفال الذي يحمل اسمه.
إلا أنه مع حلول الثمانينات من القرن الماضي بدأ الحي يتحول تدريجيا إلى حي فاخر يتميز بمنازله الضخمة من العهد الفيكتوري، والتي كانت مقسمة إلى غرف للإيجار، ومحلاته ومطاعمه الفاخرة، وهو الأمر الذي دفع صحيفة «ديلي تلغراف» الإنجليزية المحافظة إلى إطلاق تعبير مجموعة «نوتينغ هيل» في إشارة إلى مجموعة السياسيين من أبناء الطبقة المتوسطة الذين ينتمون للحي ومن أهمهم ديفيد كاميرون رئيس الوزراء وجورج أوسبورن وزير خزانته.
Europe's largest street party erupted into a full blaze of colour for a second day as hundreds of thousands lined the roads to watch the Notting Hill Carnival today.
Performers wearing a vivid array of stunning costumes paraded through the streets under glorious Bank Holiday sunshine - with temperatures reaching up to 26C (78.8F) hit the capital .
Hundreds of thousands of people descended on the west London streets as they are turned into a Caribbean party of dance, music, floats and food.



Atmosphere: A dancer taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival dazzles the huge crowd as hundreds of thousands of people lined the roads during this year's event
Atmosphere: A dancer taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival dazzles the huge crowd as hundreds of thousands of people lined the roads during this year's event

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
Notting Hill Carnival 2013
Festival: The costumes were as colourful and vibrant as ever as hundreds of dancers took to the streets of Notting Hill for the annual carnival
Glitter and tassles: Performers parade past the judges position at the start of Monday's Notting Hill Carnival train
Glitter and tassles: Performers clad in turquoise, gold and feathers parade past the judges position at the start of Monday's Notting Hill Carnival train
Welcome to Carnival: The giant street party does not only attract Londoners but saw thousands travel from across the country to rake part in the festivities
Welcome to Carnival: The giant street party does not only attract Londoners but saw thousands travel from across the country to rake part in the festivities
Floating along
Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London
Floating along: A man greets the crowd on an impressive eagle inspired carriage while two performers dance ahead of a special Carnival double-decker

Fireworks and feasts: An Egypt inspired float with dancers dressed in Pharaoh heads danced through the streets of Notting Hill today
Fireworks and feasts: An Egypt inspired float with dancers dressed in Pharaoh heads danced through the streets of Notting Hill today
Heavy weight: Over one million organizers devote August Bank Holiday to Carnival - and even more revellers join in the fun
Heavy weight: Over one million organizers devote August Bank Holiday to Carnival - and even more revellers join in the fun

The total number of visitors to the two day festival is estimated to reach one milliion by the end of the day.
Yesterday, known as family day, saw both young and old dancing to giant sound-systems set up on street corners, while procession performers wore multi-coloured costumes, played steel drums and danced behind trucks which pumped out anything from reggae to dancehall, and calypso to dub.
 
Scotland Yard said police made 93 arrests - mainly for drugs offences - while London Ambulance Service and St John Ambulance treated more than 300 people for cuts and bruises to their feet and alcohol-related injuries. A spokesman said 45 were taken to hospital.
Other arrests were made for assaults on police, public order offences and possession of offensive weapons, Scotland Yard said.
Beat of my drum: A Brazilian percussion troupe parade through the streets as onlookers and dancers move to their beat
Beat of my drum: A Brazilian percussion troupe parade through the streets as onlookers and dancers move to their beat

Notting Hill Carnival was introduced in the 60s by West London's Afro-Caribbean community and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year
Notting Hill Carnival was introduced in the 60s by West London's Afro-Caribbean community and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
Crowd pleaser: More than a million spectators are estimated to have headed to West London to watch the Notting Hill Carnival this year
A girls in a giant headdress smiles to the camera as she dances on the street ahead of another troupe
Entertainers take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London
People's party: A girls in a giant headdress smiles to the camera as she dances on the street ahead of another troupe with a lion inspired theme

Performers participate in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London
Walk like an Egyptian: Performers decked themselves out in stunning pharaoh outfits during today's Notting Hill Carnival parade

Pretty in pink: Europe's biggest street dance party was an array of bright colours today as hundreds of performers took to Notting Hill for the carnival
Pretty in pink: Europe's biggest street dance party was an array of bright colours today as hundreds of performers took to Notting Hill for the carnival

Bust a move: Dancers in fancy costume perform some acrobatic maneuvers as they take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London today in front on massive crowds
Bust a move: Dancers in fancy costume perform some acrobatic maneuvers as they take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in London today in front on massive crowds
More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival - the largest street festival in Europe
More than one million people are expected to enjoy this year's Notting Hill Carnival - the largest street festival in Europe
Deadly dancing: Dancing troupes from all over the world descended on West London for the weekend to perform and compete for the best dances and outfits
Deadly dancing: Dancing troupes from all over the world descended on West London for the weekend to perform and compete for the best dances and outfits


Today seems to have passed off a little more quietly than yesterday. So far this afternoon, police made 46 arrests, including 24 for drugs offences, three for possessing an offensive weapon, one for assaulting police.
Not to be left out of the fun, London's police also got in on the celebration - by performing an impromptu dance off.
Dressed in full uniform, stab vests, florescent jackets and battons, the officers broke out their finest moves to impress the crowd.
The comic moment was caught on video by one of the hundreds of revellers who had cleared a circles too see if the policemen could outshine the carnival performers.
Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Game for a laugh: The three Metropolitan Police officers join in with the party spirit and begin to dance in front of a slightly bemused crowd

Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Throwing some shapes: Each officer takes a turn to throw down some of their best moves as revellers gather round in a circle for a view at the antics

Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Police Dance Off
Style points: What these officers lack in style and execution of their dance routine, they more than make up for with effort as they perform their row the boat dance off
The carnival has been held in London’s Notting Hill since the 1960s and has since spread to other locations, such as Kingston and Leeds.
It was first organised by West London’s prominent Afro-Caribbean community and will celebrate its 50th anniversary on August Bank Holiday 2016.
Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and over one million people has been expected to take part in the festivities this year.
Join the fun: Samba troupes, percussion bands and local groups all took part in the famous parade which has been running in Notting Hill for nearly fifty years
Join the fun: Samba troupes, percussion bands and local groups all took part in the famous parade which has been running in Notting Hill for nearly fifty years
 Members of the Paraiso Samba troupe prepare for the Notting Hill Carnival
Members of the Paraiso Samba troupe prepare for the Notting Hill Carnival
Event of the year: One dancer lets her feet rest by taking her high golden heels off, left, while a member of the Paraiso Samba troupe prepare for the parade, right
Perfect performance: A group of ladies from Paraiso Samba troupe check their headgear in a car window before they take to the streets
Perfect performance: A group of ladies from Paraiso Samba troupe check their headgear in a car window before they take to the streets

Rain for colours: The beats have not stopped since Sunday morning with the parades followed by street parties on both days
Rain for colours: The beats have not stopped since Sunday morning with the parades followed by street parties on both days


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