Notting Hill Carnival has kicked off with an explosion of colour and music.
After fears the start of Europe's biggest street festival would be hampered by rain, the skies cleared and the sun shone on performers as they paraded through the streets of west London in bright costumes.
Up to one million people are expected to attend the Carnival to experience Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.
Thumping basslines, sizzling meat and tooting whistles filled the air as giant floats made their way from Westbourne Park Underground station, up Kensal Road, along Ladbroke Grove and down Westbourne Grove.
One of the first groups to take to the streets was the charity Kinetika Bloco, whose dancers wore pink, green and white costumes while a brass band played songs from The Clash's Rock the Casbah to Daft Punk's Get Lucky.