Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017


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It was the 50th year of the carnival, located in the Chapeltown area of Leeds, not far from my Granny’s house.

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Older than Notting Hill Carnival, but the meaning is the same – to celebrate the rich and varied culture of the West Indies region. Many moved to the UK years ago but have been faced with prejudice and even violence, and carnival is a chance to show to the Brits that it is a culture to love, not hate. Like Notting Hill, Chapeltown/Chapel Allerton was where West Indian communities thrived, and unlike Notting Hill this still remains the case.

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The costumes were insane, I have a lot of respect for those who danced all day in the heaviest ones.

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Also available was amazing food. Did I get jerk chicken? Of course I did (although I did consider the curried goat…)

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Although some may accuse white people attending of cultural…

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