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30 August, 2005 - Published 16:18 GMT
Londoners party at street carnival
Sunday was the climax of Britain's biggest street party - the annual Notting Hill Carnival. A colourful procession of floats, steel bands and dancers moved through crowded streets in west London. This report from Lesley Ashmall:
More people than ever have taken part - fifty-thousand in all. They've danced and strutted for hours in the heat and delighted the crowds. Risabelle is ten years old.
But partygoers think the crowd is thinner. At its peak, a million people crammed onto the streets over the two-day festival. Yesterday two-hundred-thousand came for the children's carnival and the police think about half-a-million people are here today. Alisha, who's been coming here for years, thinks she knows why people have stayed away.
Organisers conceded this could have affected numbers, but say it hasn't spoiled the party. Louis Benn is one of the directors.
There have been scores of people arrested for drunken behaviour but overall the police think it's been a good-humoured event and for the hundreds of silver butterflies, the gold lamé-clad gladiators, and even the man with the world on his shoulder, the sequinned papier-mâché version of course, the carnival is a party well worth coming to.
Lesley Ashmall, BBC News
the crowd is thinner
spoiled the party
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from all ethnic backgrounds, across the board
will not be beaten by these people
a good-humoured event
silver butterflies, the gold lamé-clad gladiators
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