August 6, 2010 at 9:13 am , by Blue
Probably the next biggest thing to look forward to in Leeds in August other than Leeds Festival, is none other than the Leeds West Indian Carnival. It’s the second largest carnival in the UK after Nottinghill Carnival and never fails to attract thousands of people into the inner parts of Leeds, especially Chapeltown.
I’ve been to the carnival myself only twice so far, in 2007 and 2008 and have always enjoyed the lovely atmosphere. Back then, I used to live in between Meanwood and Headingley and to get to Potternewton Park in Chapeltown is only a 20minute walk away. There are stalls selling authentic West Indian food, kids and families enjoying the music and there were lots of people in amazing colorful carnival costume masquerades. I was completely soaking it all in, the sound of steel pans, beating drums, and the stunning mouth-watering smell of curried goat and jerk chicken in the air.
Another thing that makes Leeds West Indian Carnival amazing is that it’s very welcoming and inclusive: “Take Part! It’s YOUR Carnival” is the tagline on their posters, inviting people to take part in the parade, help with costumes etc.
This year’s carnival marks its 43rd anniversary since it first started in 1967 and will happen on Friday the 27th of August during bank holiday weekend. It’s a 3 day event begining with a selection of the Carnival King / Queen in Leeds Millenium Square then community activities, stalls and an open air concert at Potternewton Park. The amazing carnival procession commences on the third and final day.
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