Notting Hill Carnival 2012 in pictures

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Thousands watch traditional parade and festivities in west London

Bright costumes, colourful floats and hundreds of dancers have taken part in the annual Notting Hill Carnival in west London. More than a million people turned out to watch the carnival, which is in its 48th year. A total of 12,000 police officers patrolled Europe's biggest street festival. Organiser Vincent John, from the Notting Hill Carnival Trust, said the occasion had been fantastic, with lots of people enjoying themselves. Click through for more.

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The Paraiso School of Samba take part in the carnival

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Dozens of drummers entertain the crowds

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Crowds fill the streets as they watch the children's parade

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A dancer shows off her dazzling costume

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Performers deal with a mishap along the carnival route

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Performers in regal costumes prepare to join in the fun

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Police Sergeant Siobhan Elliot joins in with revellers

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Three revellers get into the spirit of the carnival

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Children throng the streets during Sunday's parade

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A dancer embraces a policeman on the carnival route

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A child blows a vuvuzela at the children's day parade