24/08/2012 12:17 BST | Updated 24/08/2012 14:49 BST

Notting Hill Carnival 2012: Best Images From 2011 Festivities (PICTURES)

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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.


Notting Hill Carnival 2011