This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Caribbean Carnival: sunshine's on its way, whatever the weather
by Yasmin Duffin
Thousands of people will enjoy a sunburst of colour this weekend as Leicester's annual Caribbean Carnival takes place.
Entertainers, floats and bands will take to the streets for the 28th carnival tomorrow.
The parade will leave Victoria Park, in London Road, at 1pm and enter the city centre before returning to the park at 4pm.
Celebrations will be taking place from at the park from midday until 8pm.
Entertainment will be provided by dancers, music and other performers throughout the day.
Carnival chairman Dennis Christopher said: "The theme is Colour My World because we want to bring all races and religions together."The street carnival will be full of beautiful colours.
"People should expect different foods, music, dance – from all cultures.
"Visitors can meet old and new friends and just enjoy themselves."The meaning of carnival, is emancipation of slavery – when slaves were freed, they did their own thing and that's what it's all about."
Mr Christopher said this was an important year for the carnival because of Leicester's bid to be UK City of Culture in 2017.
He said he hoped the carnival would play a major part in securing the coveted title for Leicester.
The carnival route will see the procession travel from Victoria Park, along London Road, Waterloo Way, Charles Street, Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street, Northampton Street, Waterloo Way and up London Road back to Victoria Park.
The main stage at Victoria Park will feature a variety of local, regional and national artists, ranging from the sound of R 'n' B, reggae, hip-hop and chart pop.
Mr Christopher said: "There will be all kinds of different music played but the majority will be calypso, steel band and soca – the rest will fit in between.
"I'm looking forward to it, I'm just hoping for a safe carnival and I'm keeping my eye on the weather.
"We've already started planning the 2014 carnival."
Police have given carnival goers advice on how to stay safe and crime-free at the event.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Prior said: "Last year around 15,000 people attended the event at Victoria Park and no crimes were reported.
"However, as with all events which attract large crowds, there are some simple steps that we urge people to consider to reduce the risk of them becoming a victim of crime."
To prevent the probability of crime, officers have suggested keeping valuables out of sight; keeping belongings with you at all times; keeping bags fastened securely and not to carry too much cash.