This year’s Notting Hill Carnival looks set to dance to a Brazilian beat, thanks to Olympic links between London and Rio, which will stage the next Games.

While the carnival has celebrated Afro-Caribbean communities since its birth in 1964, dashes of other cultures are slowly being added to the spicy mix.

“This year’s Notting Hill, following the handover to Rio for the 2016 Oympiad, looks like it could be a landmark year for Brazilian presence,” Metro revealed.

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Give it some! A dancer at last year's carnival

Dance troupe Paraiso – which prides itself for bringing “real Rio samba” to London, will be performing, having taken part in the Olympics closing ceremony flag handover.

Last year, the London School of Samba announced it’s theme for this year’s festivities would be “Passando a Chama” (Passing the Flame).

An oddly prescient statement on its website reads: “Beginning with the passion ignited by Samba, carnival is about finding others within whom a flame is also burning and celebrating this with our voices, minds, hearts and bodies.”

It sounds like good news to us, because let's face it, the Brazilians certainly know how to party.

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    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.

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

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    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)