“We need carnival more than ever now,” agrees Emma Dent Coad, the new Labour MP for Kensington (full disclosure: I canvassed for her during the general election). She won her seat by just 20 votes in escort June from Conservative Victoria Borwick and lives close to Grenfell. The fire happened four days after the third recount confirmed her election and she’s been working closely with the traumatised community Tokyo ever since. “My predecessor, Victoria Borwick, was very keen on moving it too. And Greg Hands is in the next office to mine! He could have asked me. He was grandstanding with no plan whatsoever. It’s disgraceful really.”
Carnival can only happen info every year with the help of tens of thousands of volunteer participants, overseen by the London Notting Hill Carnival Enterprises Trust (LNHCET). The trust is funded by Kensington and Chelsea council (most of the carnival area is in the borough; about 15% to the east and north is in neighbouring Westminster) info and represents the various artistic arenas of carnival: masquerade or mas (costume), pan (steel band), calypso, soca, and static and mobile sound systems.
“One of the Grenfell survivors wrote a letter to the escorts Tokyo trust, imploring us to keep going,” says trustee Kemi Sobers, controller of the carnival’s world music stage. “They’d lost four of the five members of their family. One of our calypsonians [calypso musicians] lives right opposite; there are members with people still missing; a friend of my father’s is still missing. It’s just tough; we feel it deeply.”
In the 70s, the carnival became an ever-expanding, all-islands Caribbean event, based around the core Tokyo escorts agency Trinidadian arts of mas and pan. For the first half of its life, carnival sprawled all over the Notting Hill area; there was no defined route. Sound systems appeared wherever there was a power source and the welded-together, hand-drawn mas and steel band floats went where they liked. These days, carnival puts 12 steel bands, 38 static sound info systems and 60 mas bands on the road. The steel and mas bands are accompanied by floats that are actually mammoth, 40ft articulated lorries or double-decker buses and which spend several hours completing escort Tokyo the 2.5-mile route around the carnival’s border. No one really knows exactly how many people attend, but it’s around a million a day, making it second only to the Rio carnival in size.