Having produced Hackney Carnival back in 2015, Continental Drifts were approached by Hackney Council to manage the event in 2018. The carnival took place on Sunday 9th September 2018 with spectacular costumes, energetic dance, sound systems and live music from around the world. Over 1000 participants from 28 carnival and community groups processed over 3miles through-out Hackney.

Continental Drifts produced and managed the parade, as well as play areas in Gillett Square and the Town Hall square, a live stage at Gillett Square and Bohemia place and a mammoth party at Ridley Road with 5 sound systems, global food, arts and crafts! With an estimated attendance of over 60,000 throughout the day it really was the carnivals biggest, and most diverse event to date!

Continental Drifts Services…

  • Crowd planning and management
  • Parade management
  • Traffic management of Borough wide closures
  • Emergency planning and evacuation procedures
  • Health and safety planning
  • Multiple site management

As event managers we worked closely with the Police, TFL, Enforcement Officers and Security teams to create strenuous crowd management plans for the 6 separate locations. Along with detailed site capacities, egress routes and emergency procedures this event relies heavily on the health and safety management provided by Continental Drifts.

‘A massive thanks for everything at Hackney Carnival 2018. The carnival was a huge success. Please pass on heartfelt thanks to all of your team’ Lucy McMenemy, LBH Cultural Development