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Record numbers at West End Festival's Mardi Gras parade

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Organisers credited the good weather for helping attract a record crowd to the Mardi Gras-style parade

Organisers of Glasgow's West End Festival have said the weekend sunshine encouraged "record numbers" to turn out for Sunday's Mardi Gras-style parade.

Tens of thousands of people turned out to watch the carnival return to Byres Road for its 18th year.

About 600 revellers took part in the parade, led by six samba bands.

It marked a triumphant return for the event, which was dropped last year after organisers could not meet rising costs from sponsorship income.

The parade was given the green light in April after a successful fundraising drive.

'Fantastic day'

Festival chairman Liz Scobie said Sunday's parade had been a huge success.

"It's an opportunity for the west end of Glasgow to open its heart to the rest of the city and beyond," she said.

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the parade along Byres Road
More than 600 revellers took part in the event, which attracted people from around the world
Erin Friel from Depot Arts was one of thousands of people who turned out for Sunday's parade
Lauren Keanie from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was among 600 revellers who paraded along Byres Road
Lauren was joined by others from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
This year's event was given the go-ahead after a successful fundraising campaign to meet costs

"We had people travelling from all over to come to the festival.

"I've spoken to traders and bar and restaurant owners who have all said what a fantastic day it's been."

The programme for the 2013 festival features more than 400 events in some 80 venues across the west end of Glasgow, ranging from music and theatre, to walks, talks and community galas.

The festival got under way on 31 May and runs until 30 June.

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