This weekend will see a local one-day celebration of community, unity, heritage and family entertainment, giving all a taste of carnival as the city begins the journey on the ‘Road to Carnival 50.’
This local family carnival fun day will be a smaller scale celebration of community and heritage and music for one day this Saturday.
In the heart of Alexandra Park, ‘The Road To Carnival 50’ will kickstart the forthcoming countdown of celebrations leading to the return of the Manchester Caribbean carnival as a full-scale event in August 2022 for its 50th year.
This year’s ‘mini’ carnival event will include two live stages of amazing musical performances, steel pans, dance, a range of the best DJs, amazing heritage, community stalls, food, and a funfair.
Following the successful organisation and delivery of the online carnival in 2020, the community fun day will endeavour to bridge the gap between the online event of the pandemic and the return to the large, physical annual events of the future.
“It will be a full day of entertainment for all that aims to bring people together as a community after a long period of isolation, loss of life and tragedy, for a family orientated day of entertainment and activities where people can share a common experience after being separated for so long,” said Julia Burke Chair and project manager of Manchester Carnival Together CIC.
Although government restrictions around COVID were lifted on 19th July 2021, the event will follow government guidelines and advice to support the safe delivery of the event. This includes encouraging all those planning to attend to take a free COVID-19 test on the day or the day before.
With safety of the community at the forefront it was not feasible to deliver a large parade and bring back the full essence of Carnival this year, as such there will still be a number of measures throughout the park that will promote COVID-19 safe practices.
“It’s wonderful to see events return to our communities after a tough year,” said Councillor Luthfur Rahman, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council.
“These events are so important to celebrate the city’s cultures and carnival has been entrenched in Manchester’s calendar for decades – this feels like a real reawakening.
“As ever, carnival will be a family-friendly day but this year slightly smaller to ensure we can keep the event as COVID-19 safe as possible.
“We know this event was sorely missed last year and we’re really looking forward to bringing carnival back to the community.”
The event will take place on Saturday 4th September at Alexandra Park, Moss Side, from 1pm-7pm. Find out more at themanchestercarnival.com.