Weekend of top family fun days
There will be a carnival atmosphere in Leicester this weekend as communities across the city stage their summer festivals.
People in Braunstone, Highfields and Aylestone will be revelling in live music, sports, dancing and family entertainment.
More than 4,000 visitors are expected at Braunstone Carnival, which has moved from Braunstone Park to Fullhurst Community College for the first time since it began in the 1970s.
Organisers B-Inspired said tomorrow's slimmed-down event would have a renewed family focus.
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Angie Wright, the organisation's head of neighbourhood services, said: "It promises to be a great family day out and we've got a wonderful venue, complete with a carnival arena."
Attractions will include a children's fun fair, brass bands, dance groups, arena acts, a car boot sale and Olympic sports such as football, boxing and basketball.
Ms Wright said the change of venue meant there would be no marquee, parade or security, as council funding cuts left the charity unable to match last year's £30,000 budget.
She said an alcohol ban on the site would prevent a repeat of drink-fuelled anti-social behaviour that marred the end of last year's carnival.
"People in Braunstone are very proud of their carnival. The venue is a much more family-friendly site."
Braunstone councillor Wayne Naylor said: "The cost of staging a parade around the park and policing the event has made it very expensive and, unfortunately, not affordable.
"Having said that, there will be just as many stalls."
Highfields, meanwhile, is hosting its second annual festival, with activities at the Highfields Centre, in Melbourne Road, and nearby Upland Junior School playground tomorrow.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby will open the event in the morning.
Organiser Saqib Deshmukh said: "We hope to see between 1,000 and 2,000 people.
"Last year's inaugural event was a huge success and we're building on that this year.
"We will have a main stage with live music, artists, comics, poets and an open air fashion show. There will also be a jobs fair and indoor activities in case of rain."
On Sunday, residents in Aylestone will come together for a festival celebrating the upcoming Olympics.
Organised by the Spirit of Aylestone community group, drawn from churches in the area, activities will be held at Aylestone Hall Gardens, Aylestone Meadows and Banks Road Cricket Ground.
There will be a 5km fun run, football tournament, tennis coaching, a cricket match, Zumba dancing and traditional games, such as a tug of war and treasure hunt. Aylestone will also hold a torch relay.
The Rev Tim Fergusson, of Aylestone Baptist Church, said: "Aylestone 2012 is shaping up to be a great event. It is a classic example of a community working together."
For details, visit the address below. To find out more about Braunstone and Highfields festivals, go to their facebook pages.