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PUBLISHED: 12:05 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:02 23 August 2010

Greenhithe-based costume and dance group Bacchanalia

Greenhithe-based costume and dance group Bacchanalia

FOUR hundred members from a dance group took part in the Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend for the third year in a row. Greenhithe-based costume and dance group Bacchanalia took part in the second largest street party in the world, behi

FOUR hundred members from a dance group took part in the Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday weekend for the third year in a row.

Greenhithe-based costume and dance group Bacchanalia took part in the second largest street party in the world, behind the Rio Carnival in Brazil.

Andrew Rajpaulsingh, 35, from Ingress Park, Greenhithe, formed the group having moved to England from Trinidad and Tobago 19 years ago.

This year for the first time his group joined with another called Bachanal Mas, during the two-day celebration in west London.

Their float was followed by 250 people in bright costumes and 150 in T-shirts, with a band playing calypso music from the Caribbean.

Mr Rajpaulsingh said: "The atmosphere over both days was fantastic, this is the third year I have been involved in the Notting Hill Carnival and it was absolutely fabulous.

"This year we had more people in costume than ever before, and everyone that took part had a fantastic time. The sun shone and everyone got into the carnival spirit. We had a brilliant time.

"Our thanks go to everyone that came and celebrated with us, and our sponsors, Cockspur Rum and BOBOS."

Prince Harry's girlfriend Chelsy Davy, 22, and friends were also spotted at Europe's biggest carnival as they danced behind a calypso music float."

More than one million people attended, smashing last year's total of 850,000.

This year the event was marred by violence as police were pelted with bottles during two standoffs. Officers stopped 180 youths in Oval, south London from going to the event and police clashed with 40 people in a separate incident in Ladbroke Grove, on the carnival route.

A total of 330 people were arrested during the carnival, compared with 246 last year.

Mr Rajpaulsingh added: "During the day, it is always so much fun, we have never had any issues, but after the carnival route is closed and people start to make their way home, there are problems.

"Thankfully, I have never experienced anything bad and it won't stop me and the group returning to have fun again next year."

Contact Andrew on 07919 254693 or visit if you would like to take part in 2009.

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