For Immediate Release
Leeds West Indian Carnival 2020
Corona Virus – Covid 19
Leeds West Indian Carnival has been taking place for over 50 years attracting over 150000 spectators from across the UK.
We are liaising with Leeds City Council and a decision regarding Leeds West Indian Carnival taking place in August 2020 has not been made. We very much hope that the situation in the UK will have improved by the end of June for us to make a decision.
Arthur France – Chairman and Founder of Leeds West Indian Carnival said “We have never been in this situation before but can assure you that we are here to support everyone involved in carnival from our designers to the local community. We want everyone to stay safe and look after our elders and the most vulnerable within our community following the government guidelines.”
A Leeds City Council spokesperson said “We continue to follow national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus in Leeds. Decisions on individual events going ahead will be guided and made on this basis, and at an appropriate time in terms of when they are scheduled to take place.”
During this difficult time we would like to encourage those of you who are able to sign up with Doing Good Leeds and become a volunteer to support the wonderful people of Leeds.
We have many people within our community who are frontline staff working within the NHS, schools, supermarkets, drivers, carers and social services and we would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you for putting us first.
The Leeds West Indian Carnival was established in 1967 as a remedy for homesickness for those who came over from the Caribbean. Leeds West Indian Carnival is the oldest and most authentic carnival in England attracting over 150 000 people each year to enjoy the fantastic costumes and the uplifting Caribbean spirit.
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