TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT CARNIVAL

So you’ve decided to take in the sights and sounds of Leeds Carnival. Here are a few tips to help make sure you enjoy the day.

  • Take in the official events. There’s a lot happening around carnival that all makes for a great weekend. Click here to see the full programme of official Leeds West Indian Carnival 2013 events.
  • Come early and pick a good spot – that way you get a great view and don’t have to jostle with crowds for position. Click here to see the full Leeds West Indian Carnival Route
  • Leave the car at home and come to carnival on public transport. If you must drive and manage to find a parking spot do be considerate to local residents. Click here for full info on how to get to the Carnival
  • To jam or not to jam – during the carnival parade, watch or dance to the music but please try to do it from the sidelines and avoid the temptation to ‘jump-up’ with a troupe who have worked hard at a cohesive routine and costume impact. If the urge is too much – NEXT YEAR WEAR A COSTUME!
  • Wear comfortable footwear – if you’re following the procession or jamming with the crowds wear comfy shoes. Flip flops and high heels are NOT your best bet!
  • A small buggy, baby sling or harness is easier to manage and keeps little ones close.
  • Remember your usual food hygiene – it’s a big event with thousands of people and hundreds of food and drink stalls to choose from. Bring hand sanitizer.
  • Stay hydrated – especially if it’s a hot day. And speaking of drink…
  • Drink responsibly – the best way to have great carnival memories? Don’t overdo the alcohol!
  • Arrange a meeting spot – with family and friends in case anyone gets lost.
  • Be sensible – keep your valuables, personal possessions, keys, phones and money close and covered. It’s common sense.
  • Leave the attitude at home – it’s a BIG event that everyone wants to enjoy. Just relax, SMILE and take it all in!
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