Road closures and safety advice for Leicester Carnival this weekend

The Caribbean Carnival is set to take place this weekend, with thousands of people expected to join the vibrant parade.

The one-day event, which has been running in Leicester for more than 30 years, will take place on Saturday 5 August.

The Carnival Village will open at 11am at Victoria Park. The official opening of the event begins at 12.30pm, followed by the spectacular street carnival.

Like every year the procession will set off from Victoria Park via Granville Road, travel down London Road and Charles Street, before making its way back to the park from Gallowtree Gate via Granby Street and London Road. The procession is expected to arrive back at the park at about 4.30pm, with the carnival ending at 8pm.

Roads around the city are likely to be busy throughout Saturday. Anyone plannning to visit the city centre should check the Leicester City Council website for full details of road closures.

To reassure the public and those attending the event, there will be armed officers patrolling the event. Their presence has been well received at other events throughout the summer including the Download Festival and the Little Mix concert at Donington Park.

Superintendent Martyn Ball said: “The Caribbean Carnival is an important event in the city’s calendar and has been running for more than 30 years now.”

“Our officers are there to provide reassurance and make sure everyone has a good time. It is traditionally a low crime event but we would remind Carnival goers to look after themselves, their belongings and their friends. Keep your phone and wallet out of sight and report anything unusual to security staff or police officers.”

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