LMHR celebrate Notting Hill Carnival with emotional tribute to Grenfell tragedy

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Love Music Hate Racism celebrated this year’s Notting Hill Carnival in style by putting on its first ever float in partnership with Smokey Joe Roadshow and the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMT).

Up to a hundred people join the float procession throughout the day (Sunday 27th August) enjoying carnival classics from soca legend DJ Smokey Joe, DJ Franco and others.

The carnival has been taking place in Notting Hill since 1966 and is attended by over two million people over the bank holiday weekend. It remains an important display of multiculturalism and unity at a time when tackling racism and scapegoating remain a central challenge for our society.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

This year’s carnival had increased significance following the tragic loss of life at Grenfell Tower in June. The tower block is situated just metres away from the carnival route. The Love Music Hate Racism procession marked an emotional minute’s silence to remember the dead by raising our fists in the air in solidarity with Grenfell residents.

Photo: Geoff Dexter

Notting Hill carnival was yet a again a tremendous success in what was a very challenging year for the bands, sound systems and organisers who work tirelessly to make the annual event happen.

Love Music Hate Racism’s positive message of unity and anti-racism was well received by carnival goers. It continues the tradition of the late Trinidadian Claudia Jones who organised London’s first Caribbean carnival in 1959 to bring communities together in response to widespread racism, racist attacks and the Notting Hill riots.

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Photo: Geoff Dexter