Sunday 11 September was meant to mark the triumphant return to the streets of East London for Hackney Carnival. For the past two years the event had to be held virtually due to the pandemic.
With the sad passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, Thursday 8 September, the organisers have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Hackney Carnival as the nation enters an official 10-day period of mourning to observe the loss of its longest-serving monarch. Many sporting and other events have also been cancelled as a mark of respect.
In a statement to participating groups the organisers said:
“We know how extremely disappointing this will be to you, and everyone else who has been expecting to perform at the Carnival. The Council is deeply sorry for the sadness and upset this will cause. We are sincerely grateful for all of your incredibly hard work and tireless dedication in preparing for the event.
“If we cannot postpone or deliver an alternative activity, the council will of course honour all payments due to all involved.
“We thank you for your understanding.”
The council is exploring whether it is feasible to hold the carnival at a later date this year or if there is another way that the work of the Carnival groups and artists can be showcased.