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St Pauls Carnival to get council backing

The future of one of the West's best-known and biggest events appears secure tonight with news that St Pauls Carnival is to receive a funding boost.

ITV News has been told the support from the city council and Arts Council will allow organisers to plan for the carnival's return next year AND it's 50th anniversary in 2018.

The carnival in one of Britain's biggest free festivals Credit: ITV West Country

WATCH: St Paul's Carnival through the years

The future of one of the biggest events in Bristol is in doubt after losing funding.

The St Pauls Carnival attracts huge crowds - but it's only been held twice in the past four years.

The festival is a celebration of the city's Afro-Caribbean culture, and we've taken a quick look back at its history.

Organisers insist this isn't the end - and that next year's event will go ahead, despite Bristol City Council pulling funding due to what it said was a lack of confidence in the organisers.


Bristol's St Paul's Carnival is called off

Some of the performers taking part in the carnival procession in 2014 Credit: ITV News

Bristol's St Paul's Carnival has been cancelled this year. The event, which attracts 100,000 people, had already been postponed from July to September but has now been called off entirely due to management concerns.

A family fun day and variety show will be held at the Malcolm X centre on 5 September instead.


Thousands celebrate at St Paul's Carnival

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:

Sun comes out for St Paul's Carnival

More than 1,000 people have been parading around Portland Square Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

The Carnival is a chance for community groups to show of their moves Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Crowds haven't been put of by the weather forecast Credit: ITV News West Country

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 turn out for St Paul's Carnival

As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

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.

Bright costumes, music and dancing are all part of the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

St Paul's Carnival to finish early

Performers at St Paul's Carnival in Bristol Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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