The colour and spectacle of the Caribbean lights up Leeds this weekend as the city hosts its 46th annual carnival.
After thousands of hours of top-secret stitching and sewing, the now traditional selection of the carnival King and Queen takes place at Leeds Town Hall on Friday night when the two people awarded the honour of leading the Bank Holiday Monday parade will be decided.
But the carnival Prince and Princess have already been chosen at a ceremony at the Leeds West Indian Centre on Sunday evening.
This year, it will be 12-year-old Shaliece Moore from Leeds, dressed as the Soca Salsa Princess in a costume designed by Pareesha Webster for Artistic Achievers Carnival Project - funded by the Leeds Inner North East Area Committee - who will play the Princess.
This year’s Prince is Reece Booth from Leeds, dressed as The Flying Horse in a costume designed by Sinclair Brown from Huddersfield.
“One thing which makes this year stand out is just how exceptionally well the young people are doing,” said carnival founder Arthur France MBE. “Like in many other things, the children are the future and watching what they have done makes me believe the carnival will still be here in another 46 years.
“However we are also grateful for the positive relationships we have formed with Leeds City Council and Welcome to Yorkshire - and through them the local business community.
“It’s only with them that we have been able to grow.
“The Leeds Carnival is like a pilgrimage and the envy of other places - including London - who would like to have what we have here.”
Originally launched in 1967 as a cure for Caribbean homesickness, the spectacular event now attracts thousands from around the globe to Leeds every year.
As well as the King and Queen Show on Friday evening, the 2013 programme includes The Calypso Monach Show, when musical jamming artists battle against each other at the West Indian Centre on Laycock Place from 9pm on Saturday night.
The big day starts early, with a mini parade acting as a warm-up for the main event leaving the West Indian Centre at 6am on Bank Holiday Monday and following a route along Savile Mount, Chapeltown Road, Harehills Avenue, Spencer Place and then Louis Street, before turning back down Savile Mount and returning to the West Indian Centre for final preparations ahead of the main event.
The carnival parade proper around Chapeltown leaves Potternewton Park at 2pm.