This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
City nearly all set for festival of lights
Work to hang more than 6,500 festive lights along the Golden Mile is almost complete.
The Diwali light switch on will take place in Belgrave, Leicester, on Sunday, November 4, marking the start of celebrations.
Lighting engineers have been busy lining Belgrave Road with more than 1,000 metres of decorative lights and garlands.
Councillor Piara Singh Clair, chairman of the council's Diwali working party, said: "Leicester's Diwali switch-on is a wonderful celebration, which is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year.
"I am sure this year's celebrations will be as spectacular as ever and I hope that even more people will come and join the festivities on Belgrave Road."
The switch-on celebrations will take place from 6pm until 9pm, with dancers and musicians performing classical Asian and Bollywood entertainment.
Celebrations then move to nearby Cossington Street Recreation Ground, where a firework and laser display will take place from 8pm.