Leicester’s iconic Diwali celebrations take place this weekend

This weekend sees the start of Leicester’s Diwali celebrations, one of the biggest outside India.

Up to 40,000 people are expected to join in the festivities over the Diwali period.

More than 6,000 sparkling lights have been installed along the city’s Golden Mile, along with a 110-foot Wheel Of Light ferris wheel.

An illuminated archway welcoming visitors to Diwali has also been installed at the top of Belgrave Road, as a gateway bringing visitors to the site of the festivities.

The lights switch-on ceremony will take place on Sunday 28 October at 7.30pm. A Diwali Village offering arts, crafts, funfair and activities on Cossington Street Recreation Ground will also be running from 3pm to 9pm.

On Belgrave Road itself, a stage programme will showcase the very best in traditional Indian music, dancing and performance.

From 7pm there will be dancers from across the city participating in a brand new performance set on the streets of Mumbai. The show features choreography by Leicester’s renowned Aakash Odedra and Curve dance associate Melanie Knott.

The programme will come to its finale with a dazzling firework display high above the Golden Mile from 7.30pm.

Leicestershire Police is warning all those attending the event, that roads are expected to be extremely busy and are encouraging festival goers to remain patient.

We would like to wish all those celebrating a very happy and safe Diwali.

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