Two years ago, we went to Notting Hill carnival, but we have a problem…we onlyremeber some information about its origin… Do you help us to put this information in order?
Carrie remembers… The carnival is organised by Caribbean immigrants who settled in the area in the 1950s, which were celebrating the elimination of slavery and the slave trade. Trinidadinans couldn´t celebrate their festivals during the period of slavery, and then they decided to enjoy their new freedom that the ending of slavery brought them.
Luke remembers… At the beginning of this tradition, there was a strong element of parody in the songs and dances Trinidadians performed. Trinidadians dressed up in costumes that mimicked the European fashions of their old white masters. They also painted their faces white with flour or wore white masks. They established a tradition that continues in the costume-making of todays Notting Hill Carnival.
Keira remembers…The proper name for this aspect of theCarnival is “Mas” (from Masquerade). Takingplace every August Bank Holiday weekend inthe streets of London, the Notting Hill Carnivalis full of sounds, colourful sights and socialsolidarity.
Mum and dad remember… In the first carnival steel bands of musicians paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, making the residents of the neighbourhood dance, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.
And finally… fortgetful Batty! The Notting Hill Carnival isthe largest street festival in Europe.It started in 1964 by Afro-Caribbeancommunities that wanted to celebrate their cultures and traditions.
If you help the Fangs putting in order the story of Notting Hill carnival,they will get the next key they need to open the cage of the Big Book of Vampire History!!