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Newport Carnival’s Christmas Light Parade Cancelled for 2020

Newport Carnival’s Christmas Light Parade Cancelled for 2020 2048 1069 Newport Carnival

It is with great sadness to announce that our annual Newport Carnival Christmas Parade will not be taking place this year as planned.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, it is not safe to ask volunteers to take part or line the streets of Newport this Christmas, nor will any road closures be granted in the near future for such events during to the pandemic.

As a committee we are gutted that there we will be unable to bring some festive cheer to the streets of Newport in 2020, something we look forward to each year, just like any other carnival or parade we host. We hope that you are able to have your own mini Christmas parade with your kids in your homes.

That said, we hope to return next year, with plans already underway for our 99th year. From all of us here at Newport Carnival, we wish everyone all the very best over the winter months and hope you all stay safe and protect yourselves, loved ones and those around you from this deadly virus.

Until we meet again, take care.

Newport Carnival

Monday, 12 October 2020.

You can see last year’s Christmas Parade and Lights Switch on below. 

Newport Christmas Parade 2019

Summer Carnival Season Cancelled for 2020

Summer Carnival Season Cancelled for 2020 2048 1069 Newport Carnival

Sadly, the time has come whereas a committee we have had to make the decision to cancel this year’s summer carnival season.

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19, it would just not be possible to manage social distancing along the route of the main & illuminated procession.

Ultimately, we have to ensure the safety of all participants, members of the public attending and those supporting us are safe.

As much as we would love to be able to carry out this year’s carnival season, it seems this is the only right thing to do.

So much time and effort go into organising carnivals, building floats and relying heavily on sponsors, it is not a suitable time to put extra strain on businesses, especially as so many have been closed for so long.

Along with our friends from other committees across the Island, it is heart-breaking to make these decisions and not something we take lightly.

The queen’s selection night would have normally taken place by now, but postponed due to the virus, but, inevitably, there will not be time or guaranties we will be out of this pandemic before July.

However, we are a strong committee and will be committing to hopefully have our Christmas Parade again towards the end of this year (If the government allows) and will bounce back for our summer carnival season in 2021.

We would like to thank all of the bands that support us each year including Medina Marching Band, Vectis Corps of Drums Marching Band, Wight Diamonds Marching Band, IOW Highland Pipes & Drums and of course FaT Samba. Along with all other entries from families, schools, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and others. A special thank you to Stubbings Bros Ltd for their yearly use of their towing vehicle.

Please help us come back bigger better in 2021 and start thinking about what you can do to participate.

If you need any help or any further information, please email [email protected] or visit our new website www.newportcarnival.com

Again, Thank you.
Newport Carnival

Statement: 11th May 2020 @ 12:00