See the amazing pictures from Notting Hill Carnival

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Today was the children's day of Notting Hill Carnival, and even the odd spots of rain couldn't dampen spirits. Thousands of partygoers flocked to west London, and we have the pictures that prove it's the best party in town.

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Over a million visitors are expected to attend today's festivities - perhaps not the place to be if you're not one for crowds!

Today is dedicated to children and families, and kids in fancy dress and face paint claimed the best view of the parade by sitting on their parents' shoulders.

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Annuar Aziz, a businessman from Malaysia, stumbled upon the event by accident with his wife and four young children while on holiday.

He said: "It's excellent. We are loving the free spirit of everyone and we have all been dancing."

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If you're in the west London area you won't be able to miss it: at least 60 bands will perform and 38 sound systems will be in place over the two-day event, with tomorrow being its Grand Finale day.

There is a heavy police presence in place as the Met has introduced advanced security measures, including a facial recognition system.

The Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture in London, and this weekend celebrates its fiftieth year. If you can't quite make it to Notting Hill this year, check out the pictures from Europe's biggest street festival.

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