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Crowds enjoy Caribbean carnival

Manchester's two-day Caribbean carnival has ended in Moss Side with crowds of people enjoying the colourful festivities.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester opened the carnival on Saturday afternoon which was followed by a parade of costumed dancers, steel bands and floats.

The idea behind the initiative at Alexandra Park is to unite communities.

This is the fifth year that the carnival, which includes music and stalls, has taken place.

'Cultural diversity'

Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council's assistant executive member for culture and leisure, said: "The Caribbean Carnival is a brilliant and colourful spectacle with something to attract all the family."

Police patrols were stepped up in the area and visitors to the carnival were searched twice prior to entry because of shootings in the vicinity in the past.

Prior to the event, Supt Nadeem Butt said: "Manchester is very proud of its cultural diversity and the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester is a wonderful example of a fun community event.

"A robust police operation will be in place to ensure the safety of all members of the community."

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