It is that time of year again. An event teaming with fun, frolics and frivolity, and well known for its vibrant colour and booming baselines. An event that induces a trip down nostalgia lane for large numbers of the Caribbean community and thoughts of wonder and awe for those new to its mystery.
Of course I am referring to the Notting Hill Carnival.
With over one million people expected to attend this year’s merriment Fuzzy Monz-Star would like to ensure that this event is both safe and enjoyable for everyone.
Obey the following rules and your safety will be ALMOST guaranteed.
- Although this is one of the most famous outdoor events in Europe the expected numbers of attendees will mean that the area will become VERY congested. In 30 minutes the average human being can generate enough heat to bring a gallon of water to the boil (give or take). In short the crowds will become very hot so drink plenty of water.
- So you have the latest tablet, smart phone or professional camera. LEAVE IT AT HOME! Attracting the attention of wanton individuals is never encouraged. Opt for a disposable camera to capture those treasured moments. The same goes for all other valuables too!
- Go with the ebbs, flow and gyration of the crowd. We do like to encourage individualism but going against the grain is not advised in this situation.
- If you are anything like me you may think arranging to meet your people by the G.I. Roadshow (replace with your sound system of choice) is a good idea. We however suggest you meet friends before entering the carnival.
- With so many people in the area tweeting, updating Facebook statuses, uploading pictures (taken on their new mobile phones) to instagram and creating keek videos (oh the world we live in!) you may struggle to get mobile phone reception, so ensure you have a set meeting place in case you lose anyone.
- On such an occasion the Police are our friends so treat them as such. If you see an unattended bag or package it is your job, yes yours, to take affirmative action. Please report it to the nearest Police officer or carnival official. It is far better to be safe than sorry.
- One for the ladies! Carnival has a mystical energy that can lead even the most angelic of us astray, so please ensure you know how you are getting home before you arrive. Do not accept lifts from people you meet regardless of how lovely they may seem. Make a plan and stick to it.
- Do not carry too much cash. How much is too much? I will leave that to your own judgement
- And finally – there will be times throughout the festivities that we believe we need both hands….I will leave that to your imagination. It is however advised that you keep your belongings with you at all times.
So go forth and create unforgettable memories but above all else stay safe.
Love and Light
The Baking BodyBuilder