The Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2018 will take place today, with thousands of people expected to join the vibrant parade through the city.
This years carnival theme is “Latino Fiesta”, which focuses on the cultural traditions of Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries.
Floats will be flying the flag for South and Central American and Caribbean countries such as Brazil, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
Juliette Brade, co-ordinator of Leicester Caribbean Carnival, says she hopes the theme will help people learn more about the Latin aspect of Caribbean culture.
It is estimated that 80,000 will follow the parade route through the city centre, making it one of the largest multicultural events in the Midlands.
What is the carnival route
Victoria Park will act as the main hub of the carnival, and will host the Carnival Village. The village will host live entertainment from a number of stages throughout the day.
The street carnival parade will depart from Victoria Park before making its way through the city centre and back to the park for the final performances.
The route from Victoria Park will include London Road, Burleys Way, Charles Street, Granby Street (where there will be a stop), Northampton Street, Charles Street and back up London Road into the park.
What is the schedule for the day
The schedule for the Caribbean Carnival will be as follows:
11:00am – Carnival Village opens to the public
12.30pm – The official Carnival opening ceremony with the Lord Mayor will take place
1.00pm – The Street Carnival will depart from Victoria Park towards the city centre
8.00pm – Carnival Village closes
Ticket prices for the Carnival Village
Following the street parade route is absolutely free, however entry into the Carnival Village will be ticketed. Adult tickets will cost £4 for Fast Track Access Online and £4 on the gate.
Children aged 5-11 will cost £1 in advance and on the day. Those ages under 5s, and over 60 with photo ID go free.