Organisers of the 15th annual Diwali festival of lights in Northampton taking place on Saturday say it will be the “biggest and best” ever.
The event will include a number of dance and cultural performances representing different regions of India and the procession will feature Harminder the Elephant and the new Big Diva
A total of eight primary schools in Northamptonshire have helped to create new mythical beings for the procession, supported by the carnival arts company.
To mark the event’s 15th anniversary, there are going to be 15 groups in the parade including six Northampton Borough Council (NBC) forums and Northampton Inter Faith Forum (NIFF).
Neelam Aggarwal-Singh MBE DL, one of the organisers of the event, said: “There will be something for everyone to take part in and join in the rich experience of this forever popular festival celebration in Northampton town centre which brings together people from all walks of life.
The Diwali parade will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant David Laing, the Mayor of Northampton Councillor Penny Flavell, Northampton MPs Michael Ellis and David Mackintosh and Northamptonshire County Council chairman Phil Larrett.
The celebrations will start with stalls at 10am in Northampton’s Market Square. At 1pm, the dance performances and various workshops will start including Henna, Saree, Dandia, Raas-Garba, Karom Board and the highlight of the event, the procession, will set off at 6pm.