Several popular town carnivals won’t go ahead this summer following safety concerns by the Isle of Wight Carnival Federation in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A statement released by the federation yesterday (Friday), which represents Cowes, Newport, Shanklin, Ventnor, St Helens, and Sandown carnivals, revealed that the cancellations have been put in place for the safety and wellbeing of the local communities.
The announcement means that this will be the second summer in a row to be absent of the much-loved events, which have been staples of the Island’s towns and villages for generations, with hundreds of Islanders heading to the streets each summer to view the parades and get involved in the fun.
In a separate announcement from Sandown Carnival, it has been said that ongoing coronavirus restrictions have affected the preparations that carnival participants need, and as such, the carnival organiser ‘cannot be confident’ that it can meet all the safety measures likely to be required for the staging of public events in the coming months.
The Isle of Wight Carnival Federation says that despite the lack of full parades, its members hope to hold smaller local events dependent on restrictions at the time. It says that carnivals will be back in 2022.