The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has issued the following statement ahead of this year's Notting Hill Carnival, which takes place on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August.
The Mayor said: 'Notting Hill Carnival is a giant amongst festivals, one of the most hotly anticipated highlights of London's events calendar. Having lived in the area, I have an enduring affection for this terrific street party. With its roots in the history and lives of the city's Caribbean community, Carnival brings together people from all walks of life and will next year be an important part of the celebrations that add to the excitement of hosting the 2012 Games.'
Notting Hill Carnival attracts an estimated one million people onto the streets of West London over the two days. This year's Carnival will begin at 9am and finish 7pm on both days, earlier than in previous years and there will be more stewards at the event, as well as increased police numbers in the area and across the capital.
The Mayor, who has provided funding for this year's stewarding operation, commented: 'Carnival is one of the most exciting events of the year and we want Londoners and visitors to the capital to have a safe and enjoyable time. The police have been targeting potential troublemakers and anyone thinking of causing trouble should stay away. This is a Carnival for the people – let's show the world we know how to throw a party and have a good time.'
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Tips for people attending Carnival
•Tubes and buses will be busy, so plan your journey in advance
•Sunday is Children's day and traditionally less crowded
•Move along the whole of the route
•Go with the flow of the crowd - don't try to walk against it
•Have a set meeting place in case you lose family or friends - try not to rely on your mobile phone
•Don't bring your valuables or wear expensive jewellery
•Keep your belongings with you at all times
•Don't carry too much cash
•Remember to keep alert on your way home too - some criminals may use busy areas to commit crime
•Police officers are there to help - sometimes they may ask you to walk a longer route - this is for safety reasons
A map can be found at www.met.police.uk/nottinghillcarnival/assets/nhc_map_2011.pdf.
Travel and transport advice
Travel and transport advice, including any station closures or changes to bus stops can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/gettingaround/Nottinghillcarnival.
Police advice and information
Notes to editors
1.For additional information about this year's Notting Hill Carnival, please go to www.nottinghill-carnival.com. Or email email@example.com. Telephone: 207 727 0072.
2.The Mayor met with organisers and members of the Genesis and St Lucia Xtreme mas bands earlier this week. Genesis have established a reputation over 30 years for their costumes and contribution to carnival arts and St Lucia Xtreme are bringing a modern twist to carnival aimed at all revellers .