One of the nation’s biggest carnivals is returning to Hackney’s streets after a forced hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Hackney Carnival will take place on 11 September 2022 and it will be the first time the carnival has taken place in its traditional in-person form since 2019.
To make the event even more special, Hackney Council is looking for residents to take part. People can put themselves forward now for a range of exciting roles, from taking part in the procession and performing on stage to applying to be a vendor or a volunteer.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said: “I’m thrilled to announce that Hackney Carnival will be back on the borough’s streets this September.
“The return of Carnival will be a real chance for us to come back together after the pandemic and display the inclusivity and talent that makes Hackney so special.
“Now I encourage anyone who has ever wanted to be part of it or who has taken part before to get involved and help make this our best carnival ever.
“We believe that, with your help, 2022’s parade can be our loudest and most colourful celebration yet.”
The last in-person parade took place on 8 September 2019, with more than 25 community groups joining 80,000 people for the borough-wide procession. The day-long event also featured a live stage and play area in Gillett Square, a party at Ridley Road with sound systems, food from around the world, and arts and crafts.
For the last two years, the annual celebration has been held online.
Mayor Glanville said: “Even in the pandemic, and facing the challenges of lockdown restrictions, the online Hackney Carnival at Home brought people together to promote Hackney’s proud diversity and showcase the extraordinary creativity of its residents.”
However, as restrictions have now been lifted nationwide, the carnival can now resume its typical set-up.
The line-up this year promises to be one of the most exciting in the event’s history, with many carnival and community groups expected to take part in the parade.
To take part, fill in the online form here before 30 April.