Notting Hill Carnival cancelled for the second year running due to COVID-19
Author: Triston Macauley | Friday 18th June 2021
Notting Hill carnival will not be going ahead this summer in what would be its 55th year with organisers putting “safety first”.
Europe’s biggest three-day street party that is held in west London usually attracts about two million people. However, this year organisers have said that with time short for participants to prepare, along with the risk of cancellation, they have decided to represent the fiesta in other ways.
The decision was made after the four-week delay to easing COVID-19 social distancing restrictions on June 21.
A statement from the board 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 roadmap, this is the only way to announce that.”
“In making the decision we have considered our responsibilities to deliver a safe, spectacular, successful and sustainable carnival.”
“Going forward, we will be working with carnivalists toward the greatest-ever Notting Hiss Carnival for 2022.”
Notting Hill Carnival is the second biggest street event in the world, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro. A second consecutive cancellation of the event will come as a sour blow to many.