Saturday, October 30, 2010

West Indian Carnival in Leeds

PD Photo: Participants in carnival costumes in the West Indian Carnival in Leeds

The Leeds West Indian Carnival (or Chapeltown Carnival), the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe since 1967, is annually held in the Chapeltown and Harehills areas Leeds every August in the bank holiday weekend. The three-day event, culminating in a grand carnival procession, starts and finishes in Potternewton Park in Chapeltown. A wide range of stages and shopping stalls provide entertainment events, refreshments and novelties for the carnival-goers. About 150,000 people were estimated to have attended the 2009 Chapeltown Carnival.

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