For the past 31 years, CAPCA (Children and Parents Carnival Association) and Lee Woolford-Chivers MBE, have been the driving forces behind developing the Notting Hill Nursery Carnival.
Drawing on the traditions of the Summer Fetes & the grandeur of the masquerade of the Notting Hill Carnival, CAPCA created a unique opportunity for the very young to have their own celebration of Carnival arts – music, masquerade and movement. Now an established part of the pre-Carnival programme, it has its own distinctive features; including a Junior Panorama Competition when young musicians of the steel pan instrument demonstrated their musical proficiency and vied for bragging rights.
The venue, The Kensington Memorial Park, was transformed into a full-blown Carnival Village festooned with bunting, banners, flags, balloons, piñatas and streamers. Against this colourful backdrop was staged a diverse programme – bouncy castles, drummers, dancers, puppets, clowns with and face painting.
The two main highlights of the day were the Junior Steel Band Competition (Junior Panorama) and the Carnival Parade, with each child given a free t-shirt and a prize and the winners were given their prizes by the Mayor of the Borough, who is invited every year to the event.
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