Mela returns to Belfast with blast of colour
Thousands of revellers descended on Botanic Gardens yesterday as Belfast Mela returned for an 11th year.
Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister was among those who joined the multi-cultural fun.
The event included a colourful and lively parade led by a giant model elephant, and participants wearing costumes from across the globe under the watchful gaze of a giant Buddha statue.
Ms McAllister officially opened the event on the main stage where she said: "This is about all people who love Belfast."
Main stage headline acts included the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers who brought the beats of Japan to the park, and the Dhol Foundation which played traditional Punjabi drums.
There were also new features at Mela such as the Polska Village with Polish music, dance and food. Also featured was the Gathering Place installation, created in association with Voluntary Arts Ireland, and is based on dreams and journeys.