ENJOY the "Bradfordness" of the city as the 5th annual North Parade Music and Arts Festival prepares to entertain shoppers and visitors with a mix of music, food and entertainment in the top of town.

The event has changed in the few short years is has been on the calendar.

Back in 2014 the North Parade Street Party was born.

Hat throwing competitions, morris dancers and music - amongst other things - made up the first ever event, created through a variety of the area's business owners who wanted to help celebrate the "Bradfordness" of their street.

Today things have moved on and grown but is still regarded an event suitable for families with street entertainment for the children and areas to sit and relax while enjoying the goings-on.

Organisers have observed the ever-changing demographic of North Parade, and looked to other cities to see how the event could be further progressed to offer sufficient variety of entertainment, in line with what the modern day festival go-er would expect from an inner city event.

Taking inspiration from events like Tramlines Fringe & Live At Leeds, the new format offers a great selection of music, comedy and more.

Taking into consideration the other musical offerings across the city on the same day - Shuttle Shuffle at SORM Studio, 90s Takeover at Sunbridge Wells, and unofficial after parties at The Undergound - you may well be spoilt for choice.

For North Parade Festival, however, gone is the street-dominating stage, and the outdoor bars. Today’s North Parade Festival, instead, takes the audience into each venue, with something for everyone across the day, while showcasing the unique personalities of the independently owned bars.

You can head to Wireless, Al’s Dime Bar, and even The Sparrow to get your fix of live music. Peacocks and Rumshackalack will be bringing in comedians to keep you entertained.

Plonk have some outstanding, old school scratch DJ’s on their bill.

There’s so much on the line up you are likely to be busy all day.

But, if you find yourself in sensory overload at any point, you can head over to Muddy Puddle or Record Café for a quieter drink, alternatively newly re-opening Bread & Roses (Old Forks) invites you in to soak up some art and other activities, with a special food menu.

The rest of the street will look similar to previous years, with things for the kids to do, street food traders and handmade wares to purchase.

There will be large seating areas throughout the street, in the hopes the district can continue to take advantage of the glorious summer we have been having.

The festival will take place on Sunday, August 26.