City Buzz: Pop-up carnival comes to Leeds city centre this weekend

The Leeds West Indian Carnival. Picture by Simon Hulme.

The Leeds West Indian Carnival. Picture by Simon Hulme.

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A POP-up carnival is coming to Leeds city centre this weekend.

The event will see costumed troupe dancers and steel pan music from New World Steel Orchestra coming to Briggate from 12.30pm to 2pm on Saturday, August 15.

The pop-up carnival aims to get everyone in the party spirit in time for the Leeds West Indian Carnival, which is the longest-running Caribbean carnival in Europe and will be held on bank holiday Monday, August 31.

The main carnival parade on the bank holiday usually goes through Chapeltown and Harehills, ending at Potternewton Park, but organisers hope to expand on this in future.

Carnival founder and chairman, Arthur France, said: “The first carnival parade in 1967 went from the streets of Chapeltown to Leeds Town Hall. With our 50th anniversary fast approaching we are working with a range of partners to look at sharing this Leeds gem with wider audiences by hosting more events in different locations and hopefully to see a return of the parade to the city centre in 2017.”

The pop-up has been put together with funding from the Leeds Business Improvement District (BID) and Leeds City Council. Leeds BID interim chief executive officer Keith Ramsay said: “By bringing feel good factor and amazing spectacle into the heart of Leeds, Pop Up Carnival in the City is a great way to add something special to shopping and visitor experiences in the city centre as well as boosting the local economy”.

For details, visit www.leedscarnival.co.uk or follow @CarnivalLeeds on Twitter.

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