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Summary

  1. Welcome to the Leeds West Indian Carnival
  2. This year is the 50th anniversary of the event
  3. The Leeds Carnival parade leaves Potternewton Park
  4. It takes a circular route along Harehills Avenue, Roundhay Road and back up Chapeltown Road
  5. More than 100,000 people are expected to watch on the streets and park

Live Reporting

By Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage - thanks for being with us

    Thanks for being with us today, we hope you enjoyed out coverage of the 50th Leeds West Indian Carnival.

    If you need more carnival fun, then why not check this out - a programme that looks back at the last 50 years of the event.

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    West Indian Carnival
    West Indian Carnival
    West Indian Carnival
  2. Watch:Sights and sounds of the carnival parade

    Thousands of people came along to the Leeds West Indian Carnival today to take in the sights and sounds of the event.

    Here are some of the highlights from the parade itself:

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    Video caption: Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th anniversary parade
  3. In pictures: Thousands come to Leeds to celebrate Caribbean culture

    More than 100,000 people lined the streets around Potternewton Park in Leeds today for the West Indian Carnival:

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    West Indian Carnival
    West Indian Carnival
    West Indian Carnival
  4. Watch: Build-up to Leeds Carnival 2017

    It was hot, loud, colourful and it smelled pretty good.

    The Leeds West Indian Carnival was one not to be missed in it's 50th year.

    Here are some of the sights and the sounds - sorry there's nothing we can do about the smells you'll just have to imagine:

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    Video caption: Preparation for Leeds Carnival 2017
  5. In pictures: Best dressed at Leeds carnival

    Just take a look at the work and dedication that has gone into the costumes for this year's carnival:

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    West Indian Carnival
    West Indian Carnival
  6. In pictures: Sights of Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017

    Here's just a flavour of today's Leeds West Indian Carnival as the sun shone on Potternewton Park:

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    Carnival
    Carnival
    Carnival
  7. Founder still going strong

    Arthur France

    The man holding the flag is Arthur France.

    That's the same Arthur France who founded the Leeds West Indian Carnival 50 years ago.

    Yes, 50 years ago!

  8. Listen: Report from the centre of the carnival

    Get yourself into the centre of the action at the carnival.

    I'm taking part in the actual parade, and the atmosphere is electric.

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    Video caption: Peg Alexander reports from the centre of the Leeds Carnival parade as she joins a troupe
  9. Listen: The hours of work behind the costumes

    Ronan Sully

    Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

    Let's face it, the costumes on show at the carnival don't just happen by magic.

    There's hours of work that goes into them not to mention the engineering.

    Some of them have drinks bottles holders!

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    Video caption: Ronan Sully finds out about the work that goes into the costumes for Leeds Carnival
  10. Watch: Parade on the streets of north Leeds

    You need very good hips to do this:

    Via Visit Leeds.

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    Video caption: Leeds West Indian Carnival on the streets of Leeds
  11. Amazing costumes on display at the parade

    Just some of the costumes being worn by the people taking part in the parade:

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    Costume
    Costume
    Costume
  12. Sunny day for carnival

    How sunny does this look?

    Potternewton Park is bathed in sunshine as people enjoy this year's carnival

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  13. Parade gets underway

    Here's some of the amazing costumes in the Leeds carnival parade this year:

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    Carnival Parade
  14. Watch: Looking to the future

    Although the carnival turns 50 in 2017, there's a new crop of creative people looking to keep the flame alive well into the future:

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    Video caption: The "oldest carnival in Europe" is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
  15. Carnival parade leaves park

    The parade is underway and here are some of the colourful costumes sported by participants leaving Potternewton Park:

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    Video caption: Leeds West Indian Carnival parade 2017
  16. Listen: 'If Leeds had a crown, this would be the jewel'

    Oli Woodcock

    BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

    I spoke to Susan Pitter who is one of the Leeds Carnival organisers.

    She said that "If Leeds had a crown, this would be the jewel".

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    Video caption: Susan Pitter, one of the Leeds Carnival organisers, speaks to reporter Oli Woodcock
  17. Parade gathering ready to set off

    Organiser of the carnival Arthur France (second from right) is pictured here in full dress, getting ready to set off on the parade.

    It looks like the leader of Leeds City Council Judith Blake is enjoying herself too:

    Parade almost ready
  18. Watch: My carnival by Azalia Anisko

    Azalia Anisko, from Leeds Young Authors, talks of her experience of Leeds West Indian Carnival:

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    Video caption: Azalia Anisko talks of her experience of Leeds' West Indian Carnival