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Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2010 will go ahead

Leicester Caribbean Carnival celebrates 25 years on Saturday 7 August 2010

The organisers of Leicester Caribbean Carnival have confirmed that the annual event will go ahead, despite so far failing to raise the required funds.

The community event will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday 7 August 2010, with activities starting from 13:00 BST at Victoria Park.

An estimated 100,000 people attend the festival every year; one of the biggest of its kind in the UK, outside London.

The carnival was cancelled in 2006 due to lack of funds.

Chair of the carnival committee, Dennis "Sugar" Christopher was adamant the same will not happen this August, however he admitted the decision to go ahead could "put us in the red".

Leicester Caribbean Carnival
I have confidence that it will take place and that the money will be forthcoming
Dennis Christopher, Carnival committee

He said, "We're still struggling a bit but I have confidence that it will take place and that the money will be forthcoming.

"We are appealing to the general public to give generously; all the carnival supporters and those who care about the street carnival."

Mr Christopher said the expense of the event had gone up over the years, largely due increased costs concerning health and safety.

"Whether it's the road closure, basically fencing the park, or insurance - the whole operation just spirals out of control."

To celebrate the carnival's 25th anniversary, this year's theme is 'celebrating our Caribbean heritage'.

There will be a parade throughout the city centre, plus Victoria Park will play host to tempting food stalls, family activities and an entertainment stage.

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