Every year tens of thousands of people from all over the world make their way to Leicester's Golden Mile for the Diwali festivities.
Now the famous road might be completely revamped as part of plans to make the area cleaner and greener.
But as Rajiv Popat's been finding out, residents and businesses have mixed views about the best way forward.
Local residents and businesses could have a say in how Leicester's Golden Mile is redeveloped.
Leicester City Council is considering how the busy area could be improved for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as what could be done to make it a more attractive commercial centre.
Problems that have been linked to the area include:
- Traffic congestion
- Poor air quality
- Too many traffic lights
- Narrow pavements
- Difficult access for pedestrians and cyclists
Plans are now being drawn up for a major revamp of the Golden Mile, with local people able to submit their ideas over the next few months through workshops and exhibitions in December and February.
The Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby, will join business owners and residents from the Melton Road area of the Golden Mile on a walkabout later. He is visiting to see how the area can be improved.
Ideas already suggested include sprucing up shop fronts, providing new street benches and putting in new street lighting.
Traffic delays are expected as work to demolish the Belgrave Road flyover is due to start on Saturday February 15. The road will be closed from Saturday February 1.
The structure which was built 40 years ago, is due to be knocked down next month as part of plans to redevelop the Golden Mile.
It could take between two to three months to complete the work. A public consultation ends January 29.
Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, in Melton Road, is hosting a drop-in session on Friday from 2pm to 6pm.
Thousands of people in the Midlands will take to the streets tonight to celebrate Diwali. Leicester's Golden Mile is hosting the biggest Diwali celebrations outside India.
There will be a fireworks display to celebrate the festival of light.
Thousands of people attended this year's Diwali light switch-on celebrations in Leicester.
Crowds at the annual event, held on the city's Golden Mile (Belgrave Road), were treated to an array of colourful and exciting performances by dancers, who showcased both traditional and contemporary styles.
Leicester MPs Keith Vaz, Liz Kendall and Jon Ashworth were among those taking to the stage to welcome people to the event.
The Chief Constable of Leicestershire, Simon Cole, thanked those who took part in the donor drive held to find a match for Rik Basra, the police officer who has taken part in a campaign to encourage more prospective South Asian donors to come forward after he was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Rik and wife Kas held the first of a series of public events to recruit potentially life-saving blood stem cell donors to the national register, maintained by the Anthony Nolan charity.
Volunteers from the charity were also out in force, encouraging people to register as prospective donors at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.