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Carnival season was in full swing last weekend as hundreds of revelers got ready to whine up on the streets of west London during Bank Holiday at Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's largest street party.

The Notting Hill Carnival was founded in the late 1950s by Caribbean immigrants as a means to celebrate their heritage and ease racial tensions. Originally, the street party took place without permission of local authorities, and so, Carnival goers were met with brute force from the police in an attempt to quash the festivities. Police would violently clash with residents to break up the event which added to hostilities between authorities and the black community. Despite this, the community fought to keep Carnival alive and over the decades the event has grown into one of the world's biggest and most diverse celebrations with up to a million visitors, 38 sound systems and 50,000 performers which this year included big names like Sean Paul and Disclosure.

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