Grenfell victims remembered amid Caribbean celebrations

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.

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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