Tuesday, 27 August 2013

West Indian Carnival

Wow!! What a great bank holiday Monday I had. The family and me went over to Leeds (our new fav place to go) and went to the carnival. Every year Leeds holds the West Indian carnival, I did a little research before going and found out that the carnival is rumoured to be one of the oldest in Europe and was created by a man named Arthur France from what I have read it's because he felt homesick. I'm so glad he felt homesick because it was a fantastic day. 
There were thousands of people there, different races and different cultural backgrounds. Just enjoying themselves. I love things like this, which is odd as I'm not good with large crowds of people. But I love it when people just enjoy themselves and forget everything that is going on. I think life can be to strict on us all and just having a day like this can make a difference, help people broaden their minds. Where ever I looked I saw people with smiles on their faces and dancing, smiles and dancing are infectious. You can't help but move with the music smiling away to yourself for no reason other than you are just having a nice enjoyable day. Apart from dancing there is also a lot of food. Oh the food!!! I can not describe the smells and taste's of the food I wish I could but you really need to try it for yourself. There was jerk chicken, jerk pulled pork, rice and peas, curried goat and big huge sugar canes. I saw a few people with a drink now I'm not sure what the fruit was (coconut maybe) but it must of been good as the line was massive. Unfortunately I didn't get to try any of the special drinks that were being sold but I will definitely try it next year. 
 
Here are a few pictures I took of the costumes, there were carnival groups from as far as Leicester just so you have an idea of how big this is.





I hope some of you get to experience this as I really is a great day out and you don't need lots of money to spend just enough for some great food and drinks. It is wheelchair and pushchair accessible but you will need to be patient as it is very busy. Many parents had babies in the carriers that strap to you (I had a pushchair) and I saw people in wheelchairs and some in mobility scooters.