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Man in a costume

Title: Man in a costume
Image number: 3TV00130
Author: Toomas Volkmann
Related keywords: costume, Great Britain, London, England, party, carnival, white, smiling, procession, middle-aged, man, headwear, golden, outdoors, profile
Related categories: Carnival, Europe, Travel, People
Usage rights: Editorials Only
Description: The Notting Hill Carnival, the second largest street party in the world, has been taking place in London, on the last weekend in August, for the past thirty five years. The festival was initially begun by Black immigrants from the Caribbean in Notting Hill as a reaction against racism and general suppression in the late 1950s. From a small procession through the streets with just a few people in costume and carrying steel drums in the 1960s, it has become a huge multi-cultural arts festival, attended by up to two million people. Carnival aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of its founders and at the same time be open enough to take on board evolving contemporary culture with its multi-cultural trends.