Dressing up for Notting Hill Carnival - Masquerade 2000

West London's streets will be filled with dazzling sequins and feather-clad costumes this August Bank Holiday, as Notting Hill hosts Europe's biggest street festival.

But preparing for carnival is a year-round job for one of the leading "mas", or costume bands.

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat travelled across the city to Leyton in east London, to take a sneek peek at Masquerade 2000's colourful creations.

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"Streets of Notting Hill" can be heard on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday 28 August 2011 at 2100 BST, and on BBC iPlayer

Carnival 2010 images courtesy Keith Charles. Archive images courtesy PA and Getty Images. Music by Arrow and Machel Montana.

Slideshow by Paul Kerley. Publication date 26 August 2011.

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