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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.