Thames Festival to light up London this weekend
Londoners will have double the reason to celebrate this weekend as an action-packed programme of activities on the banks of the Thames coincides with the Paralympics closing ceremony.
The 16th Mayor's Thames Festival will tap into the rich cultural diversity of the capital to showcase colour, music and dance during its two day festivities.
More than 800,000 residents are expected to line the river, at sites including London Bridge, St Katherine's Dock and Jubilee Gardens, to round off an unforgettable summer for the city.
Choirs will show off their vocals on the iconic HMS Belfast while steel pan groups from across the country hope to create a very different, record-breaking sound as part of One Thousand Pans, in Jubilee Gardens.
Tower Bridge will be the backdrop for a day of awe-inspiring acrobatics by Circolombia and carnival fever will prevail as the UK's largest Rio-Style float signifies the passing of the Games from London to Rio.
An illuminated night carnival will light up the Victoria Embankment on Sunday as more than 1,500 dancers, drummers and masqueraders perform, before a river-based firework extravaganza marks the end of a spectacular celebration.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "The Thames Festival celebrates the ingenuity, creativity and pioneering verve of this great world capital and will have a significant role to play in our celebrations marking the 2012 Games, adding to the colour and excitement of an amazing year for the capital.
"So head down to the South Bank and enjoy this truly amazing event showcasing the vibrancy, diversity and rich culture of our capital."
Go to thamesfestival.org.