Woman gives birth at Notting Hill Carnival as emergency services are called to scene
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A London Ambulance spokesperson said: "We were called at 6.45pm on Sunday 28 August to reports of a person in labour within the footprint of Notting Hill Carnival.
"We treated an adult and baby at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority."
Clips that have been uploaded on social media appear to show police helping a woman, which was followed by cheers from the crowd.
One person said: "She's had a baby."
However, we're not sure if the woman was actually attending the event, which returned for the first time in three years after the Covid pandemic.
Crowds of people took over the streets of west London on bank holiday Monday as Notting Hill Carnival transformed the area into a party.
The Adults Day parade is the reason why many show up to see people dressed in colourful, sparkling costumes to match the dancers.
Pam Small, 54, came from the US for the carnival and was dressed in yellow feathers and an intricate sparkly costume.
She has been travelling to the UK for the carnival for nine years and is massively grateful to be back.
She said: “I love everything about it. The people, the culture, the diversity – it’s really special to be here.”
Clayde Tavernier, 23, was wearing a blue-feathered crown and bystanders stopped to dance and take photos with him.
The Dominican dancer, who attends every year, said: “Carnival is the time to be myself, to express who I am. I came all the way from Dominica to be here and to have fun.”
Iona Edesiri Thomson and Neve Kearneg, both 18, from London, were following the parade up Ladbroke Grove while wearing make-up featuring Caribbean green and yellow to represent the Jamaican flag.
Ms Thomson said: “We’ve been since we were little kids and this is the first time since Covid. The people are so fun and I love the food. People cooking their culture’s food is really amazing.”
Ms Kearneg added: “Usually Britain is very white but going to the carnival shows we are a multicultural nation and it’s also great for tourism, which helps our economy.”
Also walking in the parade was Rolando Ponde, 34, who was wearing white platform heels and was covered in white, purple and pink feathers and matching diamantes.
He said: “Carnival is special because it introduces people to their roots, to their culture.
“We have our community here in the UK and at carnival we can all come together.”