Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, will be celebrated in Chester city centre on Saturday 20th October 2018.
Starting at midday, the colourful parade organised by the Sanjhi Indian Association will leave Town Hall Square and make its way to Eastgate Street for a display of traditional Indian dancing at 12.30pm.
The Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Alex Black said: “Please join us to celebrate the festival of light.
“The Diwali festival can be relied on to have spectators dancing along with the musicians and dancers.
“Cheshire West and Chester Council are pleased to be supporting the celebrations again this year.”
Workshops 0 including Rangoli Diwali art cards, Diya Indian candles, Henna hand painting and Indian face painting – take place from 2pm until 3pm at the Unity Centre in Cuppin Street.
There will also be Indian food available (from £3) here too.
Sarika Kaushik, chairperson of Sanjhi Indian Association, said: “Diwali is an international festival celebrated across the world.
“We look forward to bringing the parade and dancers to Chester city centre each year.
“Our dancers have been rehearsing for many months and always get such an enthusiastic welcome when they perform in Eastgate Street.”
The Diwali celebrations will include the Sai Mayur Dance, Lalitas Namaste India Dance and BandBaja UK.
Sarika added: “I’d like to thank the Sanjhi volunteers, Cheshire West and Chester Council, RK Sweets Preston, Manasa’s Bollywood Muvs, Sai Mayur Dance, Lalitas Namaste India Dance, CHAWREC, Band Baja UK.
“Our Diwali celebration wouldn’t be possible without their contribution.”