The countdown is on to the golden celebration of the longest running West Indian Carnival in Europe – right here in Leeds.
An explosion of colour, community, culture and Caribbean atmosphere – the Leeds West Indian Carnival is one of the highlights in the city’s social calendar.
To mark the 50 day countdown, a pop-up carnival was held in Leeds train station on Saturday to give visitors and commuters a flavour of what’s to come at what is set to be the best carnival yet.
Last minute dashes along the platform were replaced by dancing and ticket sales swapped for singing as the pop-up parade featured stunning costumes and exotic vibes.
The dancers also took the parade route through the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre.
Arthur France, who founded the carnival in 1967, said: “What better way to start the weekend’s 50 day countdown to our 50th anniversary, than by welcoming visitors arriving at Leeds City Station and shoppers at Victoria Leeds with a taste of the costume spectacle, infectious music, and unbeatable atmosphere that Leeds West Indian Carnival is famous for.
“Along with the whole city we can’t wait to share our birthday celebrations with participants and visitors from all over the world.”
Other events celebrating the milestone, in the run-up to the carnival on Bank Holiday Monday August 28, are a three month exhibition at The Tetley from August 12 until October 29.
50 Years Of Leeds West Indian Carnival exhibition is an exploration of the dynamic cultural, visual and political legacy of the carnival with photography, sound, costumes, archive material, workshops and symposia and with touring to community and city locations.