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50th Leeds West Indian Carnival announces full programme

COLOURFUL QUEEN: A reveller tries out her costume (photo credit: Guy Farrar)

THE UPCOMING Leeds West Indian Carnival has announced this year’s programme of events in what will be its 50th year.

With what organisers describe as “humble” beginnings in 1967 as an antidote to the yearning for the chance to experience their Caribbean culture and heritage, a group of students started the annual landmark event.

The first in the UK to incorporate all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival – costumes, music and a masquerade procession - it is Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival parade.

As well as the main carnival parade on 28 August, there will be a branded photo booth popping-up at various locations around Leeds from now until August, which will produce around 500 portraits of people wearing stunning Carnival-themed creations, A Taste of Carnival Family Workshop for those who want to try their hand at costume-making, soca dance lessons, exhibitions, the Carnival King and Queen competition, film screenings, a night carnival and more.

For dates and details, click here or email: participate@leedscarnival.co.uk

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