VIDEO: Crowds ignore clouds for return of Leeds carnival

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The skies may have been grey but the streets were awash with colourful creations for the 48th Leeds West Indian Carnival.

Tens of thousands of people descended on Chapeltown for the annual celebration of West Indian food, music and culture.

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And the rain did little to dampen people’s spirits – especially with the historic announcement that the internationally renowned MOBO (music of black origin) Awards are coming to Leeds later this year.
Awards founder Kanya King broke the news in front of thrilled crowds on the stage in Potternewton Park, saying: “We look forward to delivering a spectacular and very dynamic show that will be remembered for years to come to inspire the next generation of upcoming talent.”

The awards, which attract some of the biggest names in show business, will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year.

The carnival itself again attracted huge crowds despite the inclement weather.

Carnival committee member and costume designer Sheila Howarth said: “Rain won’t stop no-one.

“The carnival will still go on in the rain.

“In the West Indies the only thing rain will stop is the cricket.”

About 800 people in a variety of costumes followed Carnival Queen Charis Betts in the spectacular parade through the streets of Chapeltown and Harehills.

Ominous sky in Leeds
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Photograph taken by Gary Hope
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