Aug 25, 2021,
3 minutes
Carnival Cancelled

For the second time, Notting Hill Carnival will not go ahead this bank holiday weekend due to the COVID-19 pandemic

London’s bank holiday weekend will yet again be missing its spark this year.

This is primarily due to the unfortunate absence of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Partygoers at Notting Hill Carnival 2019 (Image Credit: Glodi Miessi)

The Notting Hill Carnival board released a statement in June confirming that the event will not be happening this year. 

It states – “the board of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, the organising body of Notting Hill Carnival, has decided that this year’s Carnival will not be on the streets due to the ongoing uncertainty and risk COVID-19 poses”. 

The full Notting Hill Carnival cancelation statement (Image Credit: nhcarnivalldn)

Notting Hill Carnival is a yearly event that traditionally takes place every August bank holiday weekend.

It is a two-day street parade that takes place in Kensington, West London, which aims to celebrate Caribbean culture. 


Its first event dates back to 1959, taking place in the St Pancras Hall as an indoor event to combat controversial race relations.

The organiser of the first event was Trinidadian journalist Claudia Jones. She promoted the event further with The West Indian Gazzette – an influential black newspaper of which Jones was the editor.

Another pioneer for the event, Rhaune Laslett, contributed to the parade by moving it to the streets of Notting Hill in August 1966.

Image Credit: Glodi Miessi

Ever since, Notting Hill Carnival has been a staple in London’s culture, garnering over one million attendees every year!

Although it is a disappointment that carnival will not happen this year, there is excitement to know that the board are “working with Carnivalists toward the greatest ever Notting Hill Carnival for 2022”.

Feature Image Credit: Glodi Miessi

By Dominic Magli