It’s Caribbean Carnival time!

Carnival Queen Julia Russell      Photos: Ken Blackburn

Carnival Queen Julia Russell Photos: Ken Blackburn

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The “biggest party” the city will see this year is set to take place on Sunday.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on Preston’s Moor Park and the Flag Market for the Caribbean Carnival, now in its 41st year.

Jade Maria Anderson and Kieran Shallcross

Jade Maria Anderson and Kieran Shallcross

The city centre will host processions and performances, hoped to draw in crowds of 15,000.

Julia Russell has been chosen as this year’s Carnival Queen for the third time after a competition on Saturday, and will lead the parade through the city.

Julia, part of independent troupe Isles in Harmony, will be wearing a lion fish costume for Sunday’s event, fitting in with their “under the sea” theme.

She said: “As long as the sun is shining and the music is going I’ll be happy.

“It is really good leading the procession because you are right at the front, as long as the music is loud and the people are there.”

The 53-year-old, who lives near Moor Park, added: “I’m looking forward to people’s faces when they see our costumes, and the children, because children really get involved.

“We can interact with the crowds as well.”

Dave Williams, 53, from Ribbleton, will wear a swordfish costume as this year’s Carnival King.

He said: “I’m most looking forward to the atmosphere of it, all the kids running about and dancing with us. It’s party time!”

The carnival parade is expected to set off from Moor Park at midday on Sunday to the Flag Market, where there will be performances in the city centre.

Following the main procession, visitors will then head to Moor Park where there will be an afternoon of music, dance and entertainment.

There will also be two heats of auditions for this year’s North West’s Got Talent competition, for the Katy Holmes Trust. The first will be from 1.15pm to 2.30pm and the second from 3.15pm to 4.30pm.