Second only to Brazil’s Rio Carnival in size, London’s Notting Hill Carnival has been regrettably cancelled again this year due to concerns about the ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions.
While there are ample outdoor events and activities taking place in London this summer, and tourism bosses are urging people to visit the capital, the carnival organisers say it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision to make’, but insist that safety comes first, and there is a high risk of the event being cancelled if the lockdown measures are further extended.
This would have been the event’s 55th year. Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party, was forced online last year due to the pandemic but is normally attended by around 2 million people.
The board of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, in a statement, said: “Everyone involved in the event desperately wants a return to the road where carnival belongs but safety has to come first and with the latest cautious announcement on the Government’s road map, this is the only way to ensure that.”
The three-day party is a celebration of Caribbean music, dancing, food and drink, and has also been influenced by the Windrush generation.
The vibrant west London event aims to promote unity and bring people of all ages and races together, and features static sound systems, live performances and has played host to Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim and Busta Rhymes in the past.
Last year, the first-ever digital version of the event was hosted by radio presenters DJ Ace and Remel London and was streamed on four channels over the August bank holiday weekend.
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