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Plan your journey ahead of landmark carnival celebration

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Leeds West Indian Carnival
Leeds West Indian Carnival 2017

Motorists in Leeds are being urged to plan ahead as the city prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival. This Monday’s carnival will feature a spectacular parade including dazzling costumes, Caribbean music, stalls, fun fair rides and world cuisine.

With humble beginnings in 1967 as an antidote to the yearning for the Caribbean culture and heritage of a group of West Indian students in Leeds, 2017 marks the milestone 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival.

The first in the UK to incorporate all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival – costumes, music and a masquerade procession – it is Europe’s longest running Caribbean carnival parade.

The parade will start at 2pm and will travel along Harehills Avenue, turning onto Roundhay Road then Chapeltown Road before returning to Potternewton.

The landmark event will see road closures and restrictions in place in and round the Chapeltown area along the parade route.

In order to ensure there is enough space for those taking part and the thousands of spectators, some roads will be closed from 5pm on Sunday, Aug 27 and will reopen at 5.30am on Tuesday, Aug 29.

Roads affected will include Chapeltown Road, Harehills Lane, Harehills Avenue, Avenue Hill, Saville Drive and Mexborough Drive.

A full list of road closures and timings can be found at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents