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In pictures: Boishakhi Mela 2013 at Victoria Park

PUBLISHED: 11:48 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:52 13 May 2013

A group of dancers perform at he Bengali New Year celebrations, Boishakhi Mela, in Victoria Park.

A group of dancers perform at he Bengali New Year celebrations, Boishakhi Mela, in Victoria Park.

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Performers added a splash of colour to an otherwise grey afternoon as thousands turned out to the Boishakhi Mela on Sunday.

An estimated 10,000 revellers braved the rain in Victoria Park to enjoy performances from Bangladeshi stars as dancers wowed the crowds with athletic moves and colourful attire.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman also took to the stage to pass on his new year messages to the throngs of people who attended.

It was the first time the festival, which marked the Bengali New Year, had been held in the Park.

The 15th Mela festival to be held in the East End saw usual venue of Brick Lane abandoned this year. Police made three arrests for possession of a Class A drug, and one for possession of cannabis. All four people were cautioned.

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