With the pandemic still a cause for concern, Reading Carnival is going virtual this year. For its 44th year, it will appear online tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday 31 May.
The carnival is the Berkshire town’s largest community street festival and was first celebrated in 1977. It is celebrating unity and racial diversity with colourful virtual events organised by the Reading Caribbean Cultural Group (RCCG) in partnership with RG2 Radio.
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Carnival was last celebrated in Reading two years ago, attracting more than 3,000 revellers on the road and winding up at Prospect Park for an afternoon of music, food and activities. This year’s lineup will include RASPO steel band, calypso, local DJs, dancers, a costume competition and a (presumably virtual) international conga line.
Reading (Virtual) Carnival takes place between midday and 9pm and even includes an After Carnival Party from 9pm courtesy of RG2 Radio.
Tune in via RG2’s website.