Despite the weather being far from the temperatures of the Caribbean, Handsworth Park in Birmingham is celebrating Caribbean culture. Already revellers and participants have lined the streets, refusing to let the wet weather dampen their spirits.
Residents in Handsworth and carnival attendees are being warned of road closures during the carnival which takes place tomorrow Sunday 4th August.
30,000 people are expected at the carnival with thousands lining the streets to cheer on the procession of steel bands, floats and carnival troupes as they weave through Handsworth from Holyhead Road to Handsworth Park
• An exclusion zone will be implemented on the day containing roads bordering Rookery Road, Oxhill Road/Church Lane, Hamstead Road, Villa Road, Soho Road from 9am and 11am until 8.30pm with Soho Road only being closed while the procession passes along to Handsworth Park.
• All households within the exclusion zone have been provided with letters containing two red vehicle passes to gain entry to their roads.
• Residents and businesses along Grove Lane between Albert Road and Herbert Road have been issued with a special blue pass to park on Hinstock Road.
• Limited public parking will be available (weather dependent) in Handsworth Park via Hamstead Road.
• Disabled car parking for blue badge holders will be via Hinstock Road.
Birmingham Carnival will take place at Handsworth Park today with around 30,000 people expected to attend.
Ahead of the celebrations West Midlands Police have issued the following advice to partygoers:
• Drive to the event safely and park lawfully
• Leave plenty of time to find a parking space
• Make sure windows and sunroofs are secured
• Never leave valuables on show
• Be aware of personal belongings
• Stick with friends and look out for one another
• Report any concerns or suspicious behaviour to police