feathers and fun were top of the bill as the 46th Leeds West Indian Carnival brought the city to multi-cultural life.
The sun had kept away for most of the bank holiday weekend, but even he couldn’t resist coming out to enjoy the rainbow delights of the city’s annual Caribbean extravaganza.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to watch the event, which has become a beacon of solidarity and community harmony for Leeds.
Carnival day began at Potternewton Park, where early arrivals enjoyed some sizzling Caribbean snacks and preview entertainment.
As the parade wound its way through inner city Leeds, through Chapeltown, Harehills and circling the city centre, the glorious menagerie of hand-made costumes were a sight to behold.
There was a smile on every face as people of all backgrounds and ages mingled freely.
Local Chapeltown councillor Mohammed Rafique, who joined the crowds to watch the procession, said: “It’s a wonderful occasion.
“I think there are well in excess of 100,000 people out converging in the streets of Chapeltown and Harehills.
“That’s excellent for Leeds, it’s good for Chapeltown, it’s good for the local economy and it’s good for multi culturalism, cohesion and integration.
“There’s white, black, Asian, young and old, everybody here, and they are all enjoying themselves.
“This is the 10th carnival for me as a councillor for the area, and every year it gets better and better.
“There’s nothing better than this to send an excellent message for peace and harmony.”
Last night police confirmed just two people had been arrested at the two day event for minor offences.