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Notting Hill Carnival gets underway

A dancer on the parade route at the Notting Hill Carnival Credit: PA

Thousands of people have flocked to west London to see the start of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Up to a million people were expected to attend on Sunday, with the day dedicated to children and families.

Children in face paint and fancy dress claimed the best views of the parade by sitting on parents' shoulders, whilst others joined in the celebrations by dancing alongside the parade floats.

Up to a million people were expected to attend on Sunday Credit: PA

Annuar Aziz, a businessman from Malaysia, was on holiday with his wife and four young children and stumbled across the event by accident.

He said: "It's excellent. We are loving the free spirit of everyone and we have all been dancing.

"We heard the music from where we are staying in Bayswater and just followed the sound", he added.

At least 60 bands and 38 sound systems were in place for the two-day event.

It will conclude with the Grande Finale on Monday.

Police said they made 71 arrests by 7pm on Sunday for a variety of alleged offences, and London Ambulance confirmed staff on duty had treated 345 patients and taken 43 to hospital.

The Carnival celebrates Caribbean culture in London and was first held in the 1960s.

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