The Machynlleth community has turned out to celebrate and remember April Jones on her sixth birthday.
Reverend Kathleen Rogers told ITV Cymru Wales: "April's parents want this to be a celebration of her birthday. She's not here with us - but it is a celebration."
April's mother Coral has adorned the Bryn-y-Gog estate with pink bows and banners - April's favourite colour - for her daughter's special day.
Tonight balloons will be released into the sky with messages for April - as our correspondent Carole Green reports.
The family of April Jones have paid tribute to her on her sixth birthday with a host of pink ribbons and banners - April's favourite colour.
Later this evening they will release balloons into the sky from Machynlleth and have invited well-wishers across Wales to do the same.
The trial of Mark Bridger, who is accused of murdering missing schoolgirl April Jones, is due to begin on 29 April.
Mr Bridger, 47, denies murder as well as charges of abduction and intending to pervert the course of justice.
The search for missing Machynlleth schoolgirl April Jones is due to come to an end this month.
Dyfed-Powys Police said last week that searches of specific areas of land it has identified should be completed by the end of April.
A reactive team of specialist officers will stay in the town to respond to any new information that is received.
Friends and family of April Jones will gather today to mark her sixth birthday.
The Machynlleth schoolgirl went missing in October last year.
Balloons will be released this evening on Bryn-y-Gog Green.
Her family are asking people to put a tag on their balloons saying where they are from and sending a message to April.