Muslims unite for holy parade

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A plethora of colourful flags and banners were carried through Preston by thousands of Muslims celebrating the birth of the prophet Mohammed.

Members of the Islamic community held the annual parade to 
mark the annual holiday. Community leaders led thousands of people, including many children, who waved their flags as they wound from Scotforth Road to the 
junction with New Hall Lane and down Skeffington Road on Sunday.

Music blasted from speakers as joyous devotees sang along and continued down Castleton Road, Holmrook Road, and on to Deepdale Road.

People lined the streets to watch the action, with many joining in as crowds wound down Argyll Road, St Paul’s Road and finally Noor Street.

Volunteer Tahir Ali said: “Every year we celebrate the birth of our prophet Mohammed and all the community get involved for a united procession.

“We usually expect around 1,500 to 2,000 people to attend.

“We worked really well in partnership with the council and the 
police, and there was a very nice atmosphere of mutual tolerance and respect.”




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