EMCCAN was invited to launch the new outdoor seated area / foodcourt in Derby Market Place on Friday 24th July 2020. This was the first time carnival performers had been engaged outdoors since COVID-19 lockdown. Since Leicester was still in lockdown, Kamala’s costume was worn by Isabella. Lewis, Georgia and Kennedy form Inspire Urself Carnival Troupe / Nottingham Carnival brought the market place to life. Derby Carnival King Niaz and Queen Elaine represented Cultural Roots Carnival Troupe / DWICA / Derby Caribbean Carnival and graced the streets with their magnificent costume displays and some costumes from Elimu Mas designed by Melissa Simon Hartman were also well received.

Jess Kemp designer for the princess costume had mad this costume with students from City of Derby Academy through ThisIsDerby and the prince costume was designed by Charis Betts with students from Stenson Fields Primary for ThisIsDerby. Donna Broscoe-Greene (Embaa) was also a welcome performer from Derby, other costumes and images were displayed in the market place from Northampton and Nottingham Carnivals.