It’s the news that Newport Carnival Committee did not wish to share once again, however, there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel.
Sadly, for the second year running, we have come to the decision that due to the uncertainty still around the coronavirus pandemic, little time to organise with restrictions still in place, it seems only right to cancel the summer carnival season for the second year running.
Although the UK Government has indicated that the country could be out of coronavirus restrictions by the 21st of June, it is just too late in the day to think about putting on a procession.
Plus, with uncertainty around whether the roadmap may be halted, delaying the full unlock, it just wouldn’t be fair to cancel just weeks before the processions are due to take place.
Additionally, there is still scepticism around social distancing, and as to whether or not measures will still have to be observed. At some locations along the carnival route, there are crowds and rows of around 10-12 people deep, this would not be possible to control if social distancing remained and not fair on those attending.
Ultimately, we have to ensure the safety of all its participants, members of the public and those supporting us are safe.
As much as the committee 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.
That said, we do hope to be able to organise some summer events during our usual carnival season, so do keep an eye on our social media platforms throughout the year.
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 we have had to wait, but, inevitably, there will not be time or guaranties we will be out of this pandemic before July.
Sadly, last year, our Christmas Parade was also cancelled, however, we are staying optimistic and hope that we will be able to go ahead with our plans for a great day out in Newport in the lead up to Christmas 2021.
We hope to bounce back for our summer carnival season in 2022 when we will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary.
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, Hampshire & 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 2022 and start thinking about what you can do to participate in our main and illuminated processions.
Maybe you would like to create a Christmas float for our parade at the end of this year?
For further information, please email or visit our website www.newportcarnival.com
Again, Thank you.
Statement: 9th April 2021 @ 12:00