The Lord Mayor’s Celebration, planned to take place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July, will not go ahead this year.
Due to the social distancing guidelines linked to the coronavirus outbreak, it is not possible to pull plans together which involve widespread community engagement throughout the lead up to the event.
Members of the council’s culture and events team are currently assisting with the Norwich Community Response Hub.
The Lord Mayor’s Celebration is one of biggest events in the city’s calendar each year, bringing a range of free performances and activities to the city centre over three days. It is the first year on record that is has been cancelled.
Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “While it has become inevitable, we are very disappointed that we will be unable to hold this much-loved, free event for Norwich residents this summer.
“The safety of artists, participants, staff and attendees is always central to our events, and this year it is not possible to achieve this while also following important social distancing guidance.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved for the work they had already done to arrange the weekend, and we look forward to coming together next year for the city’s biggest street party.”
This summer’s programme of Bandstand Concerts and School’s Out activities are still under review. See the latest information on city events.