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In Pictures: Rained-on revellers keep Notting Hill Carnival colourful

Heavy rain soaked the Notting Hill Carnival but it did not stop the determined revellers who were out for a party.

Notting Hill Carnival revellers kept up the colourful spirit of the annual event, despite a spate of bad weather over the capital.

The London tradition, which is regarded as Europe’s biggest street party, kicked off on Sunday with the Children’s Day parade.

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Umbrellas and colourful plastic rain macs became the costumes of choice for some (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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Dancers come from across the capital to participate (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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Skies were slightly overcast and gentle waves of rain hit as the sound systems started to kick in (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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The first carnival was organised in 1966 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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The community celebration carved its way around west London in a mass of music, dancing, bold costumes and floats of soaked entertainers (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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At 3pm the music stopped for a 72-second silence in tribute to the 72 people who died following the fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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The event is expected to attract more than one million revellers to its floats, food stalls and music (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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Some 13,000 officers have been deployed to the bank holiday weekend event – around 450 more than last year (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Meanwhile Alexandra Burke was also named the event’s first ever ambassador.

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