The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party, the second biggest carnival in the world and Britain’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture, has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It traditionally takes place on the last weekend of August in London’s diverse Notting Hill neighbourhood and usually draws crowds of around two million. The celebration of Caribbean culture sees millions come together to enjoy music, dancing, food and drink in west London. “This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make,” the organizers said in a statement, Friday. They said there was too much uncertainty about its feasibility this year after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week delayed the lifting of remaining social distancing rules and said he aimed to remove them on July 19.
Organiser Matthew Phillip had warned that social distancing rules, which have been due to end from 21 June but have been extended, would make it near impossible for the event to go ahead. Alternative events would take place. People are sharing their disappointment on social media. The carnival dates back to 1959 when it was first held indoors as a celebration for Britain’s Afro-Caribbean community. Street parades began in 1966. British African-Caribbean people in United Kingdom are citizens or residents of Caribbean descent, and whose ancestry originates partially from Africa. In the 21st century, African-Caribbean communities are present throughout the United Kingdom’s major cities. The Windrush Generation includes anyone who immigrated to Britain from the Caribbean between 1948-1973.