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Despite curfew, Londoners have fun at fest

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Spectators watch performers dancing in the street parade at the annual Notting Hill Carnival in central London August 29, 2011.

Olivia Harris / Reuters

Performers dance in the street parade at the annual Notting Hill Carnival in central London August 29, 2011. Revellers flocked to west London on Monday for one of Europe's biggest street parties, with record numbers of police on duty to prevent a repetition of riots that shook the British capital three weeks ago. Monday, a public holiday in England, is the main day of the two-day Notting Hill Carnival, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture that usually draws about 1 million people.

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A reveller dances as they parade through the street during second day of the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The carnival, Europe's largest street festival, began successfully with few problems reported on Sunday. The festival closed before dark this year to discourage any repetition of the arson and looting which erupted in London and other cities earlier in the month. Metropolitan Police described the opening day of the two-day festival as peaceful, and reported only 33 arrests, including six for assault and one for an offensive weapon.

 More on the police tactics that were in place following the riots earlier this month.