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Carnival draws huge crowd numbers

Caribbean Carnival
The annual carnival attracts thousands of visitors

Thousands of spectators turned up for the annual Caribbean Carnival in Leicester.

As part of the festival, a procession of decorated floats set off from Victoria Park at 1300 BST for a parade into the city centre.

The colourful procession returned to the park at about 1600 BST.

The summer parade, which first started in 1985, is one of the biggest street carnivals outside London and attracts about 100,000 visitors.

The festival was cancelled for the year in 2006 because of soaring costs as organisers were unable to find the necessary £200,000 finance required.

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