Notting Hill Carnival has gotten off to a colourful start this morning, with hundreds of revellers throwing powder paint at each other as they danced through the streets.
One million people are expected to attend the event in west London over the course of Sunday and Monday, with temperatures expected to reach at least 30C on both days.
Thousands of officers will police the annual event and there will be 'significantly more' knife arches than last year, to deliver what the Metropolitan Police said they hoped would be a 'safe and spectacular' festival.
Although officers enjoying the party atmosphere has become a regular sight of the annual two-day event, this year police were facing a dance ban after being told to 'remember what they are there for,' reports the Telegraph.
Revellers have taken to the streets of west London to kick of Notting Hill Carnival today. Pictured are performers playing the drums as they paraded through the area covered in colourful paint
Hundreds of people got to Notting Hill early today to take part in the Caribbean tradition of Jouvert which marks the start of the annual two-day event. Pictured are revellers covered in paint as they make their way through the streets
Some carnivalgoers were seen carrying paint bottles and wearing earphones as they got into the party spirit early on Sunday
Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple said: 'Our officers are there to keep people safe. If they are dancing and getting involved then they are less able to keep an eye on what's going on.'
The number of police officers at this year's carnival - 12,427, reflecting the number of shifts worked over the course of the weekend - is slightly down on last year.
Officers will be supported by about 900 event stewards on Sunday and approximately 1,100 on the typically busier Monday.
Ahead of the annual celebration, the Met's Superintendent Elisabeth Chapple said: 'We want to make sure that it's safe and spectacular so we're using a range of tactics including screening arches, using dogs, firearm teams and others.
'We found last year that the use of screening