TENS OF THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL NEXT MONTH
The city's Caribbean Carnival will celebrate its 30th year with a street parade and party to remember.
The event, on August 1, is expected to attract tens of thousands of people and will include music, food and fun on Victoria Park as well as a parade through the centre of Leicester. Carnival chairman Sugar Dennis Christopher said: "It's going to be a great carnival this year.
The sunshine has been ordered and everything that happens will be great - it will be a lot of fun. There will be food and drink and the highlight is going to be the parade through the city centre. It's going to be bigger than ever with more floats and more dancers."
An official opening ceremony will take place at 12.30pm in Granville Road, next to Victoria Park, followed by the street procession featuring colourful costumed performers, bands and floats from across the UK.
The procession will head into the city centre along London Road, Waterloo Way, Charles Street, Belgrave Gate, Gallowtree Gate and Granby Street before returning up London Road to Victoria Park. Throughout the afternoon from about 2pm to 8pm there will be live performances on three stages in Victoria Park, as well as a funfair, children's village and authentic food from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and beyond. Entry to the park will cost £2 and the gates will be open from 10am on the day. Some temporary parking restrictions will be in place on the parade route and around the park on the day, as well as rolling road closures as the parade moves through the city.
Leicester Assistant City Mayor for culture, leisure and sport, Piara Singh Clair, said: "Once again this hugely popular event will be bringing a taste of the Caribbean to Leicester's streets. The carnival parade is one of the highlights of the summer in the city and the events on Victoria Park will give people the chance to savour sights, sounds and flavours ranging from live performances to authentic ethnic cuisine."
More details of the carnival are available at: www.visitleicester.info
Details from Leicester Mercury