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Carnival revelers told to keep a lid on noise

THOUSANDS of revelers thronged narrow London streets yesterday to celebrate the annual Notting Hill carnival as authorities ordered a clampdown on deafening sound systems.

Organizers were hoping for more than 2 million people to come and watch performers march in sequins, feathers and body paint to pulsating Caribbean beats over the festival's two days.

Yesterday's event was dominated by colorful and noisy children's processions ahead of more intense partying today, a public holiday.

Spectators braved cool, cloudy weather to dance along with the children's groups, many wearing elaborate costumes in Afro-Caribbean greens, golds and reds.

The carnival takes place in the fashionable west London area portrayed in the film "Notting Hill."

Police and council officials have asked participants to keep more rigorously to a 135 decibel noise limit.

Kensington and Chelsea council said levels of 140 decibels had been recorded at the carnival, equivalent to the noise emitted by a jet engine. "Not only is the current sound level potentially damaging to the hearing of participants, the noise limit will make it easier for the emergency services to communicate," it said.


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