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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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