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The first carnival in Notting Hill was to showcase the steel band musicians who played at Earls Court each weekend. When the bands performed around the streets of Notting Hill their music and celebrations reminded the residents of the Caribbean homes they had left behind. This then became a yearly tradition and to the vibrant street party it is today.
The origin of the carnival dates back to the early 19th century Caribbean carnivals, in particular Trinidad's, which celebrated the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. Having been forbidden to have festivals or celebrations of their own during the times of slavery, the people of Trinidad took full advantage of the new freedoms and there was a strong aspect of parody in the songs and dances performed.
The bright costumes have become a vital part of the street celebrations and at Alfies we have an abundance of colourful bags, spectacular costume jewellery and vintage clothing perfect for the weekend's festivities.
|1950s green glass and plastic bead carnival necklace. Offered by Tony Durante|
|1950s American blue floral hat. Offered by Carole Collier|
|1950s American Sacs 5th Avenue clutch bag with compact mirror and silk purse. Offered by Carole Collier|
|A stunning vintage belly dancing costume made of silver wooden beads and green jewels. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables|
|1920s rock crystal 18ct diamond earrings. Offered by Pari's Jewellery|
|1980s gold disco earrings. Offered by Tony Durante|
|An early 20th century Japanese decorative head dress. Offered by Tin Tin Collectables|
|A beautiful 20th century statement necklace. Offered by Gloria Sinclair|