Notting Hill Carnival: 👍🏿 or 👎🏿

Every year since 1966, Notting Hill has hosted a street festival which has over the years, become the second biggest in the the world. An estimated 2 Million people attended last year, just to put things into perspective for you guys…

The event spans over 2 days. Starting on a Sunday & ending on the following bank holiday Monday. It’s always a hot topic on social media, whenever the time for carnival draws near. I guess they loves how it brings people together.

Without fail, you’ll have the annual “would you allow your significant other to go to carnival” argument on social media. Surprisingly it doesn’t get old and it’s a constant that doesn’t seem like ending anytime soon. Alongside “how to make a bowl of cereal“. But now isn’t the time for that.

Carnival is a celebration that screams positivity, but it has been tarnished in recent times by individuals that don’t know how to behave. Stabbings & alleged acid attacks have occurred at previous carnivals. With the former becoming a reoccurring problem.

I don’t want to say that a handful of individuals purposely come out to looking for trouble, but that’s what it looks like. When a festival as grand as carnival is happening, the only thing on your mind is crud (violence)?

It’s borderline retarded. However, if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t put it past some people to do such. There have always been people in life that simply enjoy ruining things for others. For reasons, in my 22 years of life I’m still yet to understand.

There have been talks of possible attempts to stop the festival from taking place before and personally I can’t blame them with all the incidents that have happened.

This subject is a difficult one, because I’m genuinely conflicted. On one hand, the carnival should be stopped because of the near certainty that violence will occur. And the job of the police is to stop/prevent exactly that. BUT, on the other hand, Notting Hill carnival has many positive qualities, that it wouldn’t be fair to strip such an experience away from those that go to have a good time.

Honestly, I’m on the fence with this one. I’m yet to come to a conclusion. Does the positive outweigh the negative?

From my point of view, it wouldn’t be a big deal if the government were to stop future carnivals from taking place. But I’m trying to look at it through the eyes of someone that’s not an introvert like myself, but is outgoing & thrives off meeting new people and creating new connections.

You can probably tell that I’m not exactly a devoted carnival-goer. I’ve been once before & that will probably be the last time. It’s definitely not my scene.

Anyway, I’m going to leave you guys with a question: Is Notting Hill Carnival a beacon of positivity or does it do more harm than good?