One of the East End’s most iconic cultural events looks set to return to its original home next year.
The Boishakhi Mela, which celebrates Bengali New Year, started in 1997 with an annual festival in Brick Lane and Weavers Fields.
Since 2012, the event has taken place in Victoria Park in Bethnal Green due to issues with planning.
But a Tower Hamlets Council spokesman said plans were underway to return the parade to its former stomping ground for 2016.
He said: “The mayor is keen that the Boishakhi Mela, as a cultural event, returns to Brick Lane and Weaver’s Fields next year.
“Planning is still in the early stages, and more details will be announced in the future.”
The move had originally been mooted by mayor John Biggs in September, who said the event could be spilit into three parts, with the main parade taking place in Brick Lane.
Chair of the Boishakhi Mela Trust Shiraj Haque said that although planning could prove to be a pain, returning the Mela to its former home would be something to celebrate.
He said: “A lot of people have a spiritual attachment to the festival and feel it should take place at Brick Lane.
“It will need a lot of planning to make it a safe event, but it is traditional to hold it there and I see no reason why we can’t give it a go – no problem.”