Big build up to the carnival is under way

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It’s only weeks away.

And organisers of the Leeds West Indian Carnival are ramping up their preparations ahead of this year’s annual parade on Bank Holiday Monday – August 26.

It is expected more than 100,000 people will flock to the city to celebrate what is Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival.

Arthur France MBE, who founded the event in 1967, said: “Across Leeds and the UK, there is a round-the-clock flurry of activity, sequins and feathers in the mask camps where costumes are made for the big day.

“A tremendous amount of hard work and energy goes into organising Carnival and bringing a little bit of the Caribbean to Yorkshire.”

This year’s celebrations will kick off with the Carnival Prince and Princess Show on August 18 followed by the spectacular Carnival King and Queen 
Show at Leeds Town Hall on August 23.

Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, said: “Everyone loves a good carnival and we have one of Europe’s best right here in Yorkshire. It really is one of Yorkshire’s brightest days.”

Organisers have spent the last year working with partner groups and agencies including West Yorkshire Police, St John’s Ambulance, community organisations and Leeds City Council to make sure that participants and visitors enjoy the big day.

To keep up to date with Carnival events and details follow @CarnivalLeeds on Twitter or call 0113 307001 or 07823774287 or 07931 291070.

Leader of Leeds City Council Coun Keith Wakefield said: “The Carnival is a hugely important feature of the Leeds artistic and cultural landscape.”

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