Events 2017

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Picture by Maria Spadafora

Every year, months of preparation and a frenzy of costume dreams culminate in the official Leeds West Indian Carnival events. This time preparations are extra special as the anticipation builds for our 50th anniversary

Every year, months of preparation and a frenzy of costume dreams culminate in the official Leeds West Indian Carnival events. This time preparations are extra special as the anticipation builds for our 50th anniversary carnival on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017.

With the jaw dropping costumes from across the UK and the perfect recipe of tastes, sights and sounds that make Leeds West Indian Carnival one of Europe’s most adored Caribbean carnivals our golden year promises to be extra special.

We’ll keep you posted with exciting plans for Leeds Carnival 2017 or contact us for more information. Until then here’s a taste of what to expect;

SUNDAY 20TH AUGUST 2017

CARNIVAL PRINCE & PRINCESS SHOW

Picture: Keith Pattison

Picture: Keith Pattison

Carnival cuties kick off the Carnival season in rainbow creations. Who will be Leeds Carnival Prince & Princess 2017? Find out at this fun-filled, entertainment packed family show.

FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST 2017

LEEDS CARNIVAL KING & QUEEN SHOW

Picture: Keith Pattison

Picture: Keith Pattison

Eye popping creations vie for the Leeds Carnival King and Queen 2017 titles. Staged at the prestigious  West Yorkshire Playhouse, with stellar entertainment,  foot tapping steel pan melodies and incredible costume designs from across the UK, this is a Leeds Carnival must-do. Suitable from age 16 with parental guidance.

Venue:    West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill Leeds LS2 7UP

SATURDAY 26TH AUGUST 2017

SOCA MONARCH SHOW

Picture: Leroy Wenham

Picture: Leroy Wenham

This is a hotly contested lyrical war! Soca kings and queens perform original self-penned odes on everything from current affairs to affairs of the heart, politics to personalities. No topic is out of bounds for the original sounds of the West Indies. Suitable for age 18+

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH AUGUST 2017

 J’OUVERT MORNING

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Picture Leroy Wenham

6:30AM – 8:30AM

Start Carnival Day the Caribbean way! This traditional early morning soca music jam is the perfect warm-up for the parade later on in the day. Originating from the French for ‘day open’ or ‘opening day’, J’Ouvert is also known as ‘pyjama jamming’ so it’s perfect for your P.J’S, nighties, onesies and fancy dress. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to set your alarm clock!

Route:    Departing from the West Indian Centre on Laycock Place, turn right onto Savile Mount; left onto Chapeltown Road; right onto Harehills Avenue; right again along Spencer Place before turning right onto Louis Street, right again onto Savile Mount to return to the West Indian Centre.

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 28TH AUGUST 2017

THE BIG 50TH ANNIVERSARY LEEDS CARNIVAL PARADE 2017

Pic Maria Spadafora

Pic Maria Spadafora

Our 50th anniversary Leeds Carnival parade is all set to bring the streets of Leeds to life with an explosion of colour, amazing costumes, addictive rhythms and an unrivalled welcoming atmosphere. The Carnival King, Queen, Prince and Princess costumes are joined by unbelievable troupes with sound systems and steel pans on floats pumping the infectious sounds of the Caribbean. In Potternewton Park there’s music, and global cuisine – including the Carnival ‘must taste’ Jerk Chicken – plus arts, crafts and fun fair rides. The DJ stage at the back of the park is the spot. This really is fun for all the family. Top tip? Come early, pick a good spot and get happy!

 Venue:     Potternewton Park, Harehills Avenue Leeds 8

Time:        Parade leaves at 2-00pm returning at around 5-00pm for judging of costumes.

Admission:   FREE

Click here for parade route details and map

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