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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.

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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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Last minute preparations for carnival parade

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.

Flying the flag: two paraders get ready to show off their Jamaican costumes Credit: ITV News West Country
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