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Hundreds of children have kickstarted the Middlesbrough Mela with a procession through the town.
With raincoats over brightly coloured costumes, they set off from the Town Hall at around midday.
It's the start of an annual celebration of culture and diversity.
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Up to 50,000 visitors are expected to converge on central Middlesbrough on for the annual celebration of culture and diversity.