City getting ready to come alive to the sound of Caribbean Carnival

Posted on - 31st May, 2012 - 8:34am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, What's On in Preston

The colours and sounds of the Caribbean will be coming to Preston this Sunday – it’s Carnival time.

Moor Park from 12noon is where the carnival procession begins, as hundreds of dancers in colourful costumes make their way to its finishing point at Avenham Park.

The parade will make its way via Deepdale Road, Ringway, Lancaster Road, Fishergate, Chapel Street before entering Avenham. Thousands of revellers are expected to line the route.

There will be stalls and music in the Park until 7pm with a huge live stage for the calypso beats.

The carnival King and Queen will lead the annual procession, while six local bands will take on the big stage of Avenham.

Guild Mayor, councillor Carl Crompton, said: “The carnival is the largest and longest running cultural celebration in Preston other than the Guild and really is something not to be missed. I am thrilled to be attending and look forward to all the excitement and splendour the event promises.”

Police chief Jameel Murtza is warning revellers to enjoy their drinks responsibly during the carnival.

Preston chief inspector Mr Murtza said: “I am looking forward to the Caribbean Carnival and believe it will be both an excellent start to the summer and a great opportunity for Preston to celebrate its diversity.

“I would ask all those attending the busy extravaganza to of course have a great time, but also to act sensibly and stay safe. Also if you decide to have a drink, please remember to enjoy alcohol responsibly.”

Are you looking forward to Carnival? Are you taking part? Let us know in the comments below and if you’re going down to the event and take some photos please add them to the Preston Flickr group

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