A continuing surge of Covid-19 cases locally has forced organisers to postpone the 32nd Atlanta DeKalb Caribbean Carnival.
The Atlanta Carnival Bandleaders Council and Atlanta Carnival Entertainment took the decision in light of a report made by the DeKalb County Board of Health on 17 May.
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The carnival normally takes place each year in Stonecrest City on Memorial Day Weekend and was scheduled to have taken place on Saturday 29 May.
In the past, the festival has attracted more than 20,000 carnival revellers. This year the organisers were expecting an even higher turnout, due to pent-up demand after the cancellation of last year’s carnival.
Despite Atlanta making good progress with its vaccination programme, the organisers decided to pull the curtains on this year’s event and immediately began removing promotional materials from the city.
The organisers are yet to officially announce a new date. For updates, visit their Facebook page.