Bumper Crowds at Leeds West Indian Carnival 2013

Bumper Crowds at Leeds West Indian Carnival 2013

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Leeds Carnival Parade 2013

Leeds Carnival 2013 – Watch the video below to see the Carnival Parade in action.

This year (2013) Leeds celebrated its 46th annual West Indian Carnival. A scorching sunny Bank Holiday Monday brought in estimated crowds of around 150,000 people making this years carnival the biggest to date. Visitors came from all over the UK and overseas for the weekends event.

Leeds Carnival Parade 2013  Leeds West Indian Carnival Parade 2013

Chapeltown Carnival was first started in 1967 making the Leeds Carnival the longest running West Indian Carnival in Europe even older than the Notting Hill Carnival. Hundreds of people dressed in amazing costumes took part in the carnival parade dancing to the sounds of calypso music, steel pan drums and soca high energy tunes.

Food and drink stalls did a roaring trade with food from all nations available including West Indian, Thai and Asian. The speciality of the day and the most popular by far was the bbq jerk chicken, rice and peas with many food stalls selling out.Jerk Chicken BBQ at The Leeds West Indian Carnival 2013

The smell of the barbeques together with the sound systems and the fantastic colourful costumes created an amazing atmosphere and fun was had by all. Overall a great day out for all who attended and I am sure the people of Leeds are looking forward to Carnival 2014.