Notting Hill Carnival is a street festival that comes around once a year in Notting Hill, London. The streets are usually jam-packed, with sound systems and carnival parades entertaining the crowds.
It is the largest street festival in Europe, and in the world, only Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro is bigger. Over 2 million people are said to attend Notting Hill Carnival every year. It is run by 40,000 volunteers and supported by 9,000 police officers.
The Notting Hill Carnival has strong connections to the West Indian community in London. There are steel pan bands, Soca (a music style from Trinidad and Tobago), calypso floats and the masquerade costume troupes.
This year a video taken by festival goers has gone viral and hit the front pages of British newspapers. It shows a police officer at the carnival dancing. He is then noticed by the DJ who puts on some music especially for him. Watch this video and hear some natural English from the Carnival. 🙂
After watching the video, what do you think of it? Are there policeman who dance like this in your country? Would you like to go to this kind of carnival? Please let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Making some moves – showing his dance moves
Undercover raver – a party-goer who is in disguise.
Go Five- O! Go Five- O! – Go policeman! Go policeman!