Leeds West Indian Carnival (LWIC) is positive that carnival will take place this year after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a new four-step plan to end England’s restrictions by 21 June.
Since 1967, LWIC has been a remedy for homesickness for those who came over from the Caribbean, attracting more than 150,000 people each year to marvel at its showcase of beautiful costumes and enjoy the unforgettable Caribbean atmosphere. It can lay claim to being both the oldest and most authentic Caribbean carnival in England.
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Arthur France, chairman and founder of Leeds West Indian Carnival, said: “We are looking forward to having our 53rd carnival. Whilst we are all waiting in anticipation for the go-ahead, it is important that we continue to follow the government guidelines to ensure carnival takes place. We want everyone to stay safe, look after each other and remember liberation came out of hardship. One love!”
With major events taking place after 21 June, LWIC is working closely with Leeds City Council and awaiting further guidance from the government to decide how carnival will look this year.