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Up to 1 million people are expected to attend Carnival

Up to one million people are expected to attend the Carnival to experience Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

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

Thumping basslines, sizzling meat and tooting whistles filled the air as giant floats made their way from Westbourne Park Underground station, up Kensal Road, along Ladbroke Grove and down Westbourne Grove in West London.

One of the first groups to take to the streets was the charity Kinetika Bloco, whose dancers wore pink, green and white costumes while a brass band played songs from The Clash's Rock the Casbah to Daft Punk's Get Lucky.

Notting Hill Carnival kicks off with explosion of colour

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

Notting Hill Carnival has kicked off with an explosion of colour and music.

After fears the start of Europe's biggest street festival would be hampered by rain, the skies cleared and the sun shone on performers as they paraded through the streets of west London in bright costumes.

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

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Police: 36 held over potential trouble at Notting Hill Carnival

Police confirmed a total of 36 men were detained and later arrested at London's Kings Cross underground station for fear they may cause trouble at the Notting Hill Carnival.

The large group, 19 of whom were aged under 18, was halted around 3.45pm to prevent a "potential breach of the peace," Scotland Yard said.

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