PHOTOS: Vibrant Notting Hill Carnival Attracts One Million

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Dancers take over the streets of Notting Hill over the August Bank Holiday. (AP)

More than a million people headed to Notting Hill for the annual Carnival which took part on August 25 and 26. The vibrant street festival has taken place since 1966, celebrating Afro-Carribbean communities’ cultures and traditions.

The event takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend and stems from 19th century carnivals, which were about embracing the abolition of slavery and slave trade.

The street festival was filled with elaborate costumed dancers, aromatic foods and Calypso and Soca music. And, of course, plenty of spectators to enjoy and join in the celebrations.

Here’s a snapshot of the the festivities:

Let's get this party started. (AP)

Let’s get this party started right. (AP)

She's giving Lady Gaga a run for her money. (AP)

She’s giving Lady Gaga a run for her money. (AP)

The intricacy of the costumes is amazing. (AP)

Her headpiece makes the outfit. (AP)

This woman dared to bare. (AP)

This young woman dared to bare. (AP)

He's not camera shy! (AP)

He’s not camera shy! (AP)

The wee ones got involved as well. (AP)

The wee ones got involved as well. (AP)

The parade took many routes. (AP)

Balcony dwellers got a cheeky peek of the parade. (AP)

Police officers were on hand if anything went down. (AP)

Police officers were on hand if anything went down. (AP)

These coppers joined in the fun performing the “row boat”:

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