Day one of the London Notting Hill carnival, also known as ‘children’s day’, is celebrated each year on bank holiday Sunday.
This year ITV News London trialed a new form of broadcasting Europe’s biggest street party, by hosting a series of live broadcasts on the ITV London Facebook page.
Celebrating its golden anniversary, the parade which was due to begin at 10am kicked off with floats passing the judges tent on Great Western Road.
It was expected by many, for the judges area to make more of achieving such a milestone.
The zone itself was as you would expect a raised platform but hadn’t been decorated and was dark in its appearance.
One carnival-goer described it as an ‘embarrassment’ that the organisers hadn’t shouted from the roof-top about the festival’s longevity.
One thing carnival certainly isn’t and that is dull.
The bright colours of the costumes, t-shirts and floats were on show for all to see.
Some children explained how fun it can be to create costumes which take months to construct and then showcase them at the summer festival.
The diversity of the capital was on there for the world to see. Many revellers we spoke to had travelled to the capital especially.
People had flown in from the Netherlands, Cuba, France and the Caribbean of course to name just a few.
There has been controversy surrounding carnival over the years.
Crime has become a side note to a joyous cultural annual event.
Fifty years ago the founding father begun carnival in streets of west London with steel pans today the modern day carnival has evolved into sound systems loud enough to vibrate the ground.
It remains to be seen what carnival would look like in another 50 years time.