Officers welcome thousands to city during weekend of celebration
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Officers across the force have this weekend welcomed thousands of people from across Leicestershire and beyond as the city came alive for three important events.
On both Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August, Leicester was bathed in not only the glorious sunshine but a vibrancy of colour during two celebrations which saw parades through the city centre.
The celebrations kicked off on Saturday with the annual Caribbean Carnival. Believed to be the largest multicultural event in the East Midlands, this year saw thousands turn out for the vibrant procession of 22 floats parading through the streets before continuing the festivities at Victoria Park.
The following day, the city was a buzz again as the Hindu festival of chariots, Rathayatra, returned to Leicester after a three-year break due to the pandemic.
Joyful crowds from across the UK gathered in the city to take part in the festival and witness the spectacular display – which included a 40ft chariot.
Later in the day thousands of football fans gathered as Leicester City’s first match of the season was played against Brentford at the King Power Stadium.
Across all three events, Leicestershire officers and staff were out welcoming the crowds and ensuring everyone was able to enjoy the celebrations safely.
Temporary Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “It has been a fantastic weekend in Leicester with thousands of people coming into the city to enjoy the celebrations in the warm weather. I want to thank the officers and staff, as well as everyone who attended the events – together we were able to ensure that everyone was able to enjoy them safely.
“As the sunshine is set to continue across this week, please ensure you continue to look after yourself, those around you and your belongings.”