Carnival Caribbean style after Arctics headline Leeds Festival

Crowds at last year's record-breaking Leeds West Indian carnival
Crowds at last year's record-breaking Leeds West Indian carnival
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A GLITTERING parade of floats and hundreds of spectacular costumes are set to bring Caribbean style sparkle to the streets of Leeds this Bank Holiday Monday.

Preparations for the 2014 Leeds West Indian Carnival were set to continue today (Friday August 22) with the annual Carnival King and Queen Show at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Costumes from across the UK were set to be judged in the contest for the prestigious Carnival King and Queen 2014 titles and the honour of leading Monday’s carnival parade.

The parade will leave Potternewton Park off Harehills Avenue, Leeds, at 2pm on Monday.

Carnival Founder and Chairman Arthur France said last year’s parade drew record crowds of 150,000.

Mr France added: “Carnival is a spectacle that never ceases to amaze both spectators and participants.

“The thrill of the costumes, the beat of the music, the delicious food and above all the happy atmosphere are what have made the Carnival such a wonderful attraction for Leeds and Yorkshire for five decades – whatever the weather.” Go to

And its not too late to get a ticket for this weekend’s Leeds Festival at Bramham Park near Wetherby.

Day tickets for tomorrow and Sunday are available from

Paramore are headlining tomorrow night and Arctic Monkeys will top the bill on Sunday

This year’s MethleyFest takes place on Bank holiday Monday.

The event, held on Church Lane playing fields, will feature music from local bands and a flower and produce show. There will also be stalls and displays from sports and history clubs.


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