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Notting Hill Carnival stages and music fell silent as the crowds and performers paid tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

The party atmosphere came to a halt at 3pm on Monday as silence rang out across the west London streets for 72 seconds – one for each person killed in the blaze.

It was broken with cheers, whistles and the booming voice of the late Aretha Franklin singing Respect.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Eric Carboo aka Lord Eric Sugumugu (centre) with Empress Emmanuelle (left) lead tributes to the victims of the fire in the Grenfell Tower from stage at Casa BACARDê at Powis Square Stage, Notting Hill Carnival, London.
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A 72-second silence was held for the 72 Grenfell victims

Around a million people were expected to join the annual event, held on Sunday and Monday, which celebrates Caribbean culture.

Brightly coloured costumes adorned with sparkle, punchy street food and high-tempo music returned for the Carnival’s 59th year.

Performers in costume kiss as they take part in the carnival on the main Parade day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on August 27, 2018. - Nearly one million people are expected by the organizers Sunday and Monday in the streets of west London's Notting Hill to celebrate Caribbean culture at a carnival considered the largest street demonstration in Europe. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Brightly coloured costumes were on display
Performers in costume take part in the carnival on the main Parade day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on August 27, 2018. - Nearly one million people are expected by the organizers Sunday and Monday in the streets of west London's Notting Hill to celebrate Caribbean culture at a carnival considered the largest street demonstration in Europe. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
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One attendee called the street party ‘London at its best’

One Twitter user wrote: “I love Carnival so much. London at its best.”

Another wrote: “Carnival was amazing! I love my culture so much and very proud of it.

A performer takes part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London.
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About a million people were expected to attend the event

“As I lay in my bed recovering from a very long weekend I can’t help but smile, two days a year I get to see my people free with no inhibitions no attitudes just enjoying themselves.”

Dancers pose with a police officer as they prepare to take part in the Notting Hill Carnival in west London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 27, 2018.  Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
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The carnival atmosphere spread across the streets of west London


A performer in costume takes part in the carnival on the main P
arade day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on August 27, 2018. - Nearly one million people are expected by the organizers Sunday and Monday in the streets of west London's Notting Hill




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Thousands party at Notting Hill Carnival

Police said they made 133 arrests and recovered 16 knives during the first day of the carnival.

Forty-two people were detained on drugs offences, 20 on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and seven on public order offences.

For the first time ever, metal-detecting “knife arches” were erected at locations around the Carnival.

The Metropolitan Police said these were a “tried-and-tested method of deterring people from carrying knives, as well as detecting those who choose to do so”.

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