LEEDS WEST INDIAN CARNIVAL TO SHOWCASE 50 YEAR HISTORY
Leeds West Indian Carnival is marking its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a spectacular series of milestone events to celebrate its golden anniversary.
As well as the costume spectacle of the annual August Bank Holiday Monday parade, this year the celebrations will include Leeds Carnival 50 Heritage, a programme of events supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of just under £100,000, to showcase the history, heritage and hidden stories behind Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival parade, and made possible by National Lottery players.
The Carnival’s founding member and Chair, Arthur France commented, “Carnival is steeped in a history and culture that goes far beyond the costume spectacle that we all love. Rooted in slavery, born from Emancipation, and championed by Caribbean communities, it is a journey of resilience, struggles and triumphs that has universal appeal. It is important that as well as celebrating 50 remarkable years we leave a legacy that shares the journey from our beginnings to being a central part of the landscape in Leeds and major cities across the UK.”
Is Manchester Carnival : Carnival
Manchester Carnival has brought Caribbean culture to the forefront, annually for over 30 years, and is the North West’s largest celebration of Caribbean music and carnival arts. A vibrant celebration of Caribbean music, dance, theatre and costume. Revellers can enjoy the sounds, sites and smells of the Caribbean.
Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession winds its way through the crowds with steel bands, floats with DJ’s, dance troupes with carnival queens and princesses, elaborate costumes and folklore characters. .
Manchester Carnival at Platt Fields park, Fallowfield highlights will include the carnival parade with over 20 troupes, a main stage featuring the best of calypso, soca and reggae music, mouthwatering Caribbean food and much more.