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In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival

Hundreds of thousands of people will head to west London over the next two days for Notting Hill Carnival.

Although there is some discrepancy over when the inaugural event was held, the consensus is the first carnival was staged sometime between 1964 and 1966.

Organisers say they are marking the 50th anniversary of one of Europe's biggest street parties during the 2014, 2015 and 2016 events.

Held every August Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday is reserved for Children's Day.

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Image caption Hundreds of children will take part in the procession winding its way through the streets
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Image caption No matter what your age, or mode of transport, everyone is encouraged to join in
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Image caption Over the year the children involved become firm friends
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Image caption The children become stars for the day
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Image caption Costumes are painstakingly made for every person taking part
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Image caption Performers dance in the street beneath a sign reading Migrants Made Carnival
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Image caption The family event is focused on celebration and having fun
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Image caption The carnival is known around the world as a memorable spectacle
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Image caption Police, camera, action: Sgt Richard Berns captured these dancers while on patrol
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Image caption Those in the procession will dance between Great Western Road and Ladbroke Grove

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