Dublin city marks its 1000th birthday with a weekend long street carnival.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Ben Briscoe launched the biggest Dublin Street Carnival ever, which began with a parade of over 200 performers in full costume, led by the New Jersey Emerald Pipe Band.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Briscoe had a word of warning for citizens of Dublin.

Obedient citizens are happy citizens. So, if you're very obedient, you will enjoy yourselves for the next two days as you have never enjoyed yourselves before.

Throughout the weekend hundreds of events are taking place with entertainers, musicians, clowns and jugglers performing around Dublin city centre.

Street theatre can be found at Stephen's Green, the Central Bank Plaza and the Bank of Ireland, and the River Liffey is hosting water skiing and scuba diving.

Music is also being performed at various venues around the city with Wexford group Dorchadas drawing a crowd at the Setanta Centre on Nassau Street.

The first day of the festival will culminate with a fireworks display in Dublin Bay which organisers say will be best viewed from Sandymount Strand.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 July 1988. The reporter is Brian O'Connell.