The steel bands are warming up, the jerk chicken is cooking and the bright costumes are on their hangers ready for the Birmingham Carnival.
This year's Caribbean-inspired street party on Sunday. promises to be bigger than ever.
A two-mile float, led by the carnival queen, will tail its way from Oxhill Road, Handsworth, to Perry Park between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
On board will be representatives from dozens of countries and islands dressed in traditional costumes and flying their national flags.
The floats will enter the park to the fanfare of reggae, gospel, rap and R&B music.
Performers and poets on stage will include South African band Denim, Chrissi Mai, Nu Starr, Mikey Williams, UK Base, Roxanne, Monique, Paradox, Nihillis and Maximum Choreography.
Children from Birmingham schools and youth clubs will also perform at a show compered by Newstyle Radio 98.7FM breakfast presenter The G-man.
During the day thousands of plates of Jamaican patties and chicken, rice and peas are expected to be bought from stalls. There will also be a funfair and children's rides until the entertainment finishes at 9pm.
Maureen Mason, who is coordinating the All Nations - People Unite float, said: "This city is proud of its multi-culturalism and we are encouraging as many nationalities as possible to take part. We already have Kosovans, Vietnamese, Irish, Jamaican, plus people from different African countries and Caribbean islands. They are showcasing their heritage through costume design and their national flags.
"All we ask is that people wear bright flamboyant colours that reflect the country or island they represent.
We don't want jeans unless they have been totally transformed for carnival."
Councillor John Alden, (Con Harborne), Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: "Birmingham Carnival showcases the talents of local people including musicians, dancers, costume makers and cooks."