London: Notting Hill Carnival 2012 – story and pictures

That’s not very PC! Once upon a time, Notting Hill Carnival revellers just used to wear police helmets… now the officers join in the dirty dancing

  • Bank Holiday Monday sees parade of floats and brightly dressed performers pass through west London
  • 48th year of the popular festival that celebrates different cultures and traditions

By Nick Enoch and Sam Shead        Comments (222)

PUBLISHED: 14:45 GMT, 27 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 28 August 2012

When two performers started bumping and grinding next to railing at the Notting Hill Carnival today, this policeman clearly thought the best thing to do was keep a very watchful eye on them. And no, that middle-distance stare isn’t fooling anyone.

Meanwhile, a fellow officer also got in on the action as he put his arms around two more scantily clad revellers. And unlike his colleague, he couldn’t resist a huge smile.   

Dancers dressed in colourful plumage and bejewelled bikinis made their way through the streets of west London today as hundreds of thousands of people watched the annual festivities.

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