Go to BBC News webpage report here.
If there were any politicians or civic dignatories present, they were keeping quite a low profile. Nevertheless, the procession was led by a Police Silver Band, and several uniformed police officers from senior to junior ranks, who just happen to be Hindu, on duty or off, marched with the crowd. The procession was orderly, joyful and exuberant. It included people in prams and some in in wheelchairs or using sticks. Thousands of bottles of water were consumed (and collected), but that was all.
It was an example of community cohesion and festivity entirely devoid of alcohol consumption.
If only our great sporting organisations could take this lesson from their fellow citizens!