Thousands of people are celebrating as St Paul's carnival gets into full swing.
The one day festival celebrates all things carribbean - from jerk chicken to reggae - and draws in crowds from all over our region.
Today's party started with a bang - as hundreds of schoolchildren paraded around Portland Square as Francesca Carpenter reports:
The sun is out for St Paul's carnival and celebrations are in full swing.
More than 1000 people have been taking part in the masquerade around Portland Square.
It's a chance for local schoolchildren and community groups to show off their finest dance moves and costumes. Primary schools around the city have been rehearing for months.
Food stalls BBQ's are sizzling with Caribbean favourites such as jerk chicken, pork, and rice and peas. Today the celebrations will end at midnight instead of 2am, to save the organisers money.
Crowds are lining the streets in Bristol for the annual St Paul's Carnival celebrating the city's rich Afro-Caribbean history.
This year, organisers are trialling an earlier closing time. Due to the cost implications of the usual 2am finish, this year the event will be ending at midnight.
The organisers of St Paul's Carnival are trialling an earlier closing time. Due to the cost implications of the usual 2am finish, this year the event will be ending at midnight.
St Paul's is one of the City's most popular cultural events, with 100,000 people expected to attend in July.
The event was cancelled in 2012 because of concerns over the safety of participants. This year, although the carnival will be ending at midnight there will be planned after parties for those who wish to stay later.
Thousands of people are packing the streets of St Pauls in Bristol for their Carnival today.
The event didn't go ahead last year due to a lack of funding, but this year it's been welcomed back in a big way.
Jane Solomons reports:
Thousands of people are packing the streets of St Pauls in Bristol for the carnival.
This year's procession is on the theme of Migration:
Last minute preparations are underway as Bristol's St Paul's Carnival parade gets set to hit the streets.
Organisers are hoping for a big turnout to today's event after last year's had to be cancelled due to lack of funding.
The stage is being built and traders are setting up today for the St Paul's Carnival in Bristol, which takes place tomorrow.
The annual Caribbean street party has 15 sound systems confirmed to host bands and DJs all day and into the night.