Three Harrow Mencap ambassadors at Notting Hill Carnival. Featuring a person in their wheelchair, with a big smile and wearing a traditional carnival headdress. Stood eitherside are two ambassadors wearing red and white feathered carnival outfits.

Notting Hill Carnival: Embraces disability inclusion

The roots of Notting Hill Carnival can be traced back to the 1950s when Caribbean immigrants, mainly from Trinidad and Tobago, settled in the Notting Hill area of London. Eager to celebrate their heritage and share it with their new community, they organised street parties and parades. It stands for celebrating diversity, promoting cultural exchange, and highlighting the rich heritage of the Afro-Caribbean community in the UK. It has become a symbol of multiculturalism, artistic expression, and social solidarity.

Bold and bright colours are a hallmark of Notting Hill Carnival makeup. Participants adorn their faces with intricate designs, glitter, and gems, often drawing inspiration from Caribbean folklore and traditions. These makeup looks are made to last! With the hours of dancing and the plethora of people together under the hot sun, it is vital to secure your makeup for a flawless finish.

Makeup Therapy by Human Beauty offers a great range of colours to satisfy most carnival looks.

Carnival Makeup: Girl wearing rainbow eyeshadow from the Human Beauty Makeup Therapy Pallete.

Everyone is welcome at carnival, there is an overall encouragement for individuals to get involved in every way possible. This is why it was lovely to see a group from Harrow Mencap join the parade with their own float in 2019.

Learning Disability Today, shared that this opportunity was great for the group with learning disabilities to make friends and memories, partnering up with MaKING carnival to make their appearance at the event. Proving that carnival is a community event for all and everyone, should be able to have a chance to enjoy it.

Accessible services are also available within the event, such as accessible ramp areas so that those that are in wheelchairs are able to see the stage, quiet areas so people can take a break from the loud music and volunteers that are able to provide assistance to those who need it.

As Notting Hill Carnival continues to evolve and embrace inclusivity, its influence on beauty culture will undoubtedly grow. Carnival has definitely pushed the boundaries of traditional beauty norms and promoted diversity and individuality. We hope that is the case for many years to come.