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Thousands join party for finale of Notting Hill Carnival

A carnival performer wears long feathers. Photo: John Stillwell /PA Wire

Hundreds of thousands of revellers joined Europe's biggest street party on the second and final day of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Reports estimated that more than a million people may have turned out for the event across the weekend, as entertainers paraded through the streets of west London in the sunshine.

Around a million people are thought to have attend the carnival. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Police said reported crime at the carnival appeared to be "significantly down" on last year's event.

That possibly explained why various Metropolitan Police officers could be seen lapping up the party atmosphere throughout the weekend.

One policeman was captured dancing with a female reveller on Sunday:

On Monday, footage emerged on YouTube of several officers apparently engaged in an elaborate dance-off on the streets:

Scotland Yard said arrests were at about the same level as last year, with about 180 reported as of 6pm on Monday.

Carnival performers don skull costumes in Notting Hill. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

On Saturday, known as family day, attendees young and old danced to giant sound-systems set up on street corners.

Hundreds of child and adult performers took part in the parade. Credit: David Jensen/EMPICS Entertainment

Procession performers wore multi-coloured costumes, played steel drums and danced behind trucks pumping out anything from reggae to dancehall, and calypso to dub.

One entertainer wears an elaborate, richly-feathered costume. Credit: John Stillwell /PA Wire

The unique sights, smells and sounds filled the residential streets of west London as many revellers returned for a second day's partying on Monday.

Chicken is one of the most popular foodstuffs at Carnival. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/

Nick Paget-Brown, leader of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council, praised organisers, police and the carnival crowd for making the event a success, adding:

The challenge now is to make sure the streets return to good working order as soon as possible when the carnival ends. That is challenge I am sure the council will rise to.

Dancers from Kinetika Bloco take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire