It’s been three years since the last Carnival took place due to Covid-19 restrictions, so this year’s event is expected to be more special than ever.
This year’s carnival will feature the first-ever electric float, which has partnered with Spotify in a mission to make the Carnival greener – the first time it’s gone eco-friendly.
Speaking to Time Out, Mathew Phillip, the Carnival’s CEO said: “The electric float was a huge success at Glastonbury. We’re very pleased and we’ve tested it to check it can reach the sound qualities that we need and last the distance and time.
“We really believe the electric vehicles are going to be the future of Carnival, not only from an environmental point of view, these vehicles are a lot safer,’ he said.”
Here’s everything we know about Notting Hill Carnival 2022.
What is the Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival is a free street festival, that celebrates the UK’s Caribbean community. It’s Europe’s biggest street festival, as well as the world’s second-largest carnival, after Rio’s extravaganza.
Each year, the festival brings beats, lashings of jerk chicken, eclectic, colorful and exciting costumes, as well as an utterly fabulous parade.
The carnival kicked off in 1966, and after a three-year hiatus, this year’s is expected to be bigger and better than ever – with more Mas bands and sound systems than ever before.
When is the Notting Hill Carnival 2022?
This year’s carnival will take place on the August bank holiday weekend, falling on 27-29 in 2022.
What are the timings for the Notting Hill Carnival 2022?
On Sunday and Monday, the parades will kick off at 10:00 AMwith the judging finishing at around 6:30 pm,
The Notting Hill Carnival ends at 7 pmwhen the music cuts out due to a noise curfew, due to it happening in a residential area.
Once the music cuts out at 7 pm, you can either head home, or go to an afterparty.
Where is the Notting Hill Carnival 2022 and what’s the route?
The carnival takes place in Notting Hill, but it also spills into the streets of Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, Westbourne Grove, and Bayswater.
The main parade route for Notting Hill Carnival starts near Westbourne Grove tube station at 9:30 am, and it travels down Great Western Road, before slowly winding its way to Westbourne Grove, and then heading up Ladbroke Grove.
The parade is approximately three and a half miles long, and it takes over most of the W10. If you have a smartphone, you can track the parade on the Notting Hill Carnival app, which is available on both Apple and Android.
How do I get to the Notting Hill Carnival 2022?
In order to get to Notting Hill Carnival 2022, it’s important to remember that the tubes will be busy, and the streets packed. The Central Line will be open the whole weekend for Queensway, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park, and the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines will be serving Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, and Latimer Road.
Streets around Notting Hill will all be pedestrianised, meaning that busses can be rerouted and could terminate earlier than expected.
What is the Notting Hill Carnival 2022’s schedule?
This year’s carnival will feature 38 booming sound systems, which play anything from house to calypso, as well as 84 vibrant Mas bands.
Here’s everything to expect:
Saturday 27 August
The event starts on Saturday, with Panorama, a family-friendly event in Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, near Trellick Tower, which will require a ticket.
This event kick-starts the Carnival each year, and you can expect live music, and an all-round Caribbean atmosphere as the UK’s largest steel pan competition takes place.
Sunday 28 August
Sunday is family day at the Carnival, but it is still often extremely busy. The J’Ouvert Carnival in Ladbroke Grove often starts at 6:00 am, with steel bands and African drummers parading through the streets.
The children’s parade starts at 10:30 am, with younger performers dancing through the streets. This year, the children’s parade is led by members of a virtual running community, the Emancipated Run Crew, who will wear green to commemorate those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, five years ago.
Family workshops take place at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, along with Caribbean food and drink stalls.
Monday 29 August – from midday
Events start at midday on Bank Holiday Monday, with more than 80 bands in spectacular costumes wandering through the streets in the main parade. The entertainment continues, with about 40 sound systems pumping out tunes for the remainder of the day.