So, it was Bank Holiday yesterday, here in the UK and the Notting Hill carnival happened.
It was the second time I went, the first time was back in 2011, I had been in London for a few months and I had very high expectations about it. Everyone was talking about the Carnival as this huge, beautiful event. I didn’t like it.
I decided to give it a go again, maybe this time it would be better – I thought.
Images sources: itv.com and standard.co.uk
I didn’t get to see anything close to the above pictures, although these are from the 2016 edition. Instead, I got to see many of the below scenes:
Images sources: dailymail.co.uk and mirror.co.uk
Notting Hill carnival is Caribbean and British culture at its worst. I couldn’t really get to see the parade, because there was a wall of drunk people, all with their phones up to record stuff they would not otherwise remember. I saw people passed out on the pavement at 6 in the afternoon, when the sun was still high. I didn’t want my son to see that. I’ve seen people getting arrested, getting violent and in general, I’ve seen more drunk people than people enjoying the event as it was. They were just wasted. Pissing everywhere, literally everywhere. It was disgusting. They could have been anywhere, they didn’t know anything, they were just wasted.
I didn’t like it and I didn’t feel safe, especially after reading that on Sunday (that was supposed to be the “child-friendly day”) 5 people had been stabbed. A total of 16 people have been stabbed this year at the Carnival.
Next year, I know I will stay at home, and save money to go to the Venice carnival instead, which is much much better on any level.
Photo credit: M. Silvestri/Reuters
Photo credit: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images
Oh, I miss Venice! Such a peaceful city.