PICTURE GALLERY: Preston’s pop-up mini Caribbean Carnival proves a hit

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IT may have been confined to the city centre’s Flag Market for the first time – and pouring down with rain – but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from enjoying the annual Caribbean Carnival from 12.30pm on Saturday.

The decision to cull the colourful cavalcade was blamed by organisers on the £30,000 cost, though a riot of colour and costumes still provided an eye-catching show for visitors.

The Caribbean Carnival on Preston Flag Market

The Caribbean Carnival on Preston Flag Market

And forecasters may have issued a severe weather warning, but that didn’t dampen the party atmosphere.

Because though participants huddled under gazebos to stay dry, and multi-packs of water remained unopened, the sights, sounds, and smells of the Caribbean still lit up a dull, drizzly day.

The ‘pop-up mini carnival’ saw performances from dance troupes from the Ablaze Youth Group, Isles in Harmony, and Spectrum Association, who performed their dance routines, and showed off their colourful costumes, after weeks of practice.

A children’s funfair was featured, as were food stalls, face painting, and a treasure hunt.