On Monday, 26th of August revelers in Leeds came out in their tens of thousands to mark the 46th Leeds West Indian Carnival. Often billed as a symbol of community solidarity and cohesion, this year’s Leeds Carnival parade was stamped by plenty of sun, peace and harmony with people of all ages and backgrounds enjoying the procession.
Although it kicked off to an unusually late start, the family friendly event came alive with multiple troupes in brightly coloured costumes, lovely caribbean music booming from sound systems and steel pan playing bands, pea whistles and plenty to eat and drink.
Noticeably missing from the parade were the Ghanaian and Nigerian community troupes that have often joined the parade in past years. Hopefully, they will not be absent again next year.
Herewith IROKO AFRICAs impression of the festivities.
All photos courtesy of hobby photographer Richard Barter of Farsley, Leeds.