THE FINISHING touches are now being made for the much-loved Pudsey Carnival, which is just weeks away.
The countdown is on for the annual event on Saturday, May 17, which is expected to be bigger and better than ever.
As well as a parade led by Leeds Pipe Band and Pudsey’s Carnival Queen, there will also be gymnastics display, a fairground, floats, stalls, a climbing wall and a football tournament between Stanningley Albion JFC and Pudsey Juniors AFC.
Taking inspiration from the upcoming Grand Depart and World Cup in Brazil, this year’s theme is ‘A Summer of Sport’.
Volunteer Maureen Harrison has worked for decades to help make sure the highlight of Pudsey’s events calendar is a success each and every year.
She said: “People who haven’t been before can expect a lot of fun.
“We have got a very varied programme in the arena this year.”
The free event at Queen’s Park will be held all day, finishing at around 6pm.
The parade and floats will leave Victoria Road at 12pm, and will take a tour of Uppermoor, Chapeltown, Church Lane, Lidget Hill and Cemetery Road before returning back to Victoria Road at 1pm.
The Carnival Queen will then crowned.
There will also be plenty of charity stalls and a street collection will be held in aid of Pudsey in Bloom and Stanningley Albion Junior Football Club.
Maureen added: “We started planning this year’s event in October.
“In the next few weeks we will be working out how many stalls we have and other things like that.
“There is a big fairground at the site as well, which will be there for two or three days.”
The historic carnival dates back to July 1, 1898, and was started to help celebrate and promote the town.
For more information about this year’s Pudsey Carnival, visit the website at www.pudseycarnival.com.