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Town carnival to go ahead on Zoom

Carnival reveller
BBC

Reading Carnival is to go ahead despite the coronavirus, but in the form of a giant party on Zoom.

The event usually features a procession through the town's streets, ending in Prospect Park, attracting up to 10,000 people.

But on Sunday evening it goes online instead, with 400 participants on Zoom and other revellers streaming the event as it unfolds.

Organiser Terence Edwards said it was about "keeping community spirits high".

DJs and hosts will keep viewers entertained, with the microphones of the hundreds of participants muted.

Mr Edwards explained: "At particular times we will unmute some people, but we wouldn't be able to have that level of capacity and have everyone's microphones on - it would never work."