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Carnival of colour drums up a crowd for Feile

By Catherine Lynagh

Published 01/08/2011

A Brazilian-style carnival parade greeted road users in west Belfast on Saturday.

Local children wore costumes, face paint, masks and fancy dress as part of the annual Feile an Phobail parade, while floats of all shapes and sizes took over the major thoroughfare.

The festival, now in its 23rd year, kicked off week two of this year's packed programme.

Just a few of this week's highlights include comedian Des Bishop in a sold-out show tonight, while Belfast-born pianist and conductor Barry Douglas will fill St Peter's Cathedral with Camerata Ireland's unique sounds on Wednesday .

On Friday, tribute bands Tin Lizzy and The Kopy Kat Killers will rock Andersonstown Leisure Centre.

The legendary Stranglers will continue the rock theme on Saturday night as the festival's headline act.

Feile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the Troubles.

Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts and for sport at a price that the majority of people could afford.

It is now the biggest community festival in Ireland and has helped in the regeneration of the area.

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