Photo essay: Sea of colour at milestone Leeds West Indian Carnival

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The Leeds West Indian Carnival is billed as one of the most important cultural events in the city’s calendar.

Whether or not that’s right, it would be hard to argue that it’s not the most colourful.

Every August Bank Holiday Monday for 50 years now, thousands of people have turned out to watch floats manned by dancers in flamboyant dress taking part in the event founded by Arthur France. Music, art, food and more are lapped up by the crowds.

And to mark its half-century organisers this year promised the biggest to date, with an estimated 2,000 dancers gathering in Chapeltown’s Potternewton Park before winding their way through the streets.

Early risers had already taken to the streets for J’Ouvert Morning – a Caribbean music event and mini parade at 6am.

PIC: Beau Roddis

PIC: Beau Roddis