This year sees Chapeltown’s West Indian community celebrates its 50th anniversary of holding its landmark street carnival this August.
A small group of home-sick West Indian immigrants got together to stage Europe’s first formal West Indian carnival back in 1967.
‘I could not get over the crippling homesickness,’ says the founder of the Chapeltown, Leeds Carnival Arthur France
He went on to say, ‘so as I lay awake in my bedroom in Chapeltown, when it came to me that we didn’t have to leave everything behind, and that we could work together to bring a little piece of home to England.’
The forthcoming Bank Holiday in August will be the official 50th anniversary of the West Indian Carnival in Leeds, West Yorkshire also known locally as the Chapeltown Carnival.
Months of preparation and many sleepless nights will have gone into making the colourful costumes for the big day.
The whole weekend kicks off with the Carnival Prince and Princess Show on the Friday before the main event.
On the morning of carnival day is called J’Ouvert. A group of musicians wake up the community with a soca music parade from 6.30am.
Later on in the day the carnival gathers at Potternewton Park before making its way around the local community.
According to Mr France the organisers of the first Notting Hill Carnival asked for their advice to set up the Notting Hill Carnival so if you want to see where carnival started first in the UK then head not to London but to Leeds.
For full detail visit Leedscarnival