We love you Notting Hill Carnival…

So it’s been almost a week since the 50th Notting Hill Carnival said goodbye to us.

The discarded costumes are in a landfill somewhere, the big trucks are hauling something else on a road somewhere and the sound systems are packed away in a lockup.

Everyone that I know and you know that went had a really good time but did anyone see any kind of crime? Honestly?…(WhatsApp or call a friend and ask…I can wait)

The answer was no, right?

Then why does the 1st, longest running and biggest carnival in Europe (2nd largest in the world) is always judged by the crime statistics?
Now, I’m not saying that there won’t be a couple of arseholes that turn up and want to make trouble, No.. .that would be naive of me but 8 officers admitted to hospital (out of 7000) 454 arrests and 16 stabbings is not even insignificant to the 1.5 million people who turn up to ‘tun up’.

There’s no mention of the creative geniuses behind the scenes who start planning next year’s extravaganza literally weeks after carnival has finished.

So when other festivals are not only broadcasted on TV channels such as BBC 3, BBC Music, Channel 5, MTV UK and SKY Arts (yep and if you don’t believe me Google it), they are riddled with crime that is never shown in a negative light, unlike the Notting Hill Carnival.

Now when the stats are broken down the incidents at Notting Hill Carnival are less than 0.00022% in relation to the 99.999% of law abiding citizens.
Other festivals such as ‘T in the Park’ has been suggested it’s one of the most crime-ridden festivals in the UK, read it here.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14612476.T_in_the_Park_rejects_figures_suggesting_it_s_one_of_the_most_crime_ridden_festivals_in_UK/

Reading Festival
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-festival-crime-four-sexual-10071985

Glastonbury
http://www.gigwise.com/news/104838/glastonbury-festival-2015-crime-and-drug-stats-rumours-tickets

Epsom Derby Day
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/riot-police-called-in-as-epsom-derby-day-descends-into-violence-with-bottlethrowing-fights-between-a3263996.html

In general
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3741056/You-thought-music-festivals-hippies-glamping-careful-hotspots-crime-police-figures-reveal.html

The numbers of sexual assaults, thefts and drug dealing is rife in other festivals but somehow the general media seems to get it back to front in thinking and publishing that the Notting Hill Carnival is a crime festival and the other 2m people who turn up to just linger in the background.

The truth of the matter is this, the same advocates of gentrification who claim they are now ‘frightened’ are now lobbying to have the same attraction, which drew them to the area in the first place, to have it relocated to Hyde Park (anyone ever heard of Hyde Park Carnival doesn’t have the same kudos?!?)

But what are the benefits of Notting Hill Carnival?
Well, now that Brexit is here that means the weak pound encouraged tourists to visit, generates over £90m for the London economy, continues the community spirit of Team GB’s at the recent Rio Olympics and the celebration of Caribbean culture since1966.

So finally, let’s say a big thank you to all the stewards, the organisers, the general public, Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police, the great weather and the universe! Happy Birthday Notting Hill Carnival, see you back at Notting Hill in 2017!

Any and all feedback is appreciated.

Thank you for reading.

@realjonnyambrose @goodmuseapp

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