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Feathers, check, heels, check: Dancers at Notting Hill Carnival 2011

The Notting Hill Carnival is nearly upon us once more…but it’s looking increasingly likely the weather will spitefully rain on this particular parade.

We’ve no doubt the streets of London W1 will be their usual riot of colour, spangles and cleavage, but a thunderstorm could put something of a dampener on proceedings.

So while you weigh up whether to bring that brolly or not, we bring you the best of the carnival from last year.

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  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Entertainers taking part in a parade at the Notting Hill carnival.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    A young girl (name not known) takes part during children's day of the Notting Hill Carnival, London.

  • Notting Hill Carnival

    Carnival entertainers dance during children's day of the Notting Hill Carnival, London.

  • A performer takes part during the Notti

    A performer takes part during the Notting Hill Carnival last day in London, on August 29, 2011. London's police were out in force as the Notting Hill Carnival got under way Sunday in a bid to stop Europe's biggest street festival descending into a repeat of this month's devastating riots. The two-day showcase of Caribbean culture in west London attracts up to a million revellers to watch troupes of dancers in exotic costumes perform on floats as powerful sound systems pump out music. AFP PHOTO/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA (Photo credit should read FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Performers dance during Notting Hill Ca

    Performers dance during Notting Hill Carnival last day in London, on August 29, 2011. London's police were out in force as the Notting Hill Carnival got under way Sunday in a bid to stop Europe's biggest street festival descending into a repeat of this month's devastating riots. The two-day showcase of Caribbean culture in west London attracts up to a million revellers to watch troupes of dancers in exotic costumes perform on floats as powerful sound systems pump out music. AFP PHOTO/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA (Photo credit should read FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A reveller dances with a small boy as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

  • A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

  • A resident watches the Notting Hill Carnival parade from his window during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Simon Dawson)

  • A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.(AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Revellers dance as they parade through the street during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Revellers dance as they parade through the street during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Revellers dance as they parade through the street during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Revellers dance as they parade through the street during the children day of Notting Hill Carnival in London, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)