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Authentic Caribbean Carnival Set For Scarborough

A ‘pop-up carnival’ that made an appearance at the Grand Départ in Leeds is set to hit the streets of Scarborough later this month as part of the town’s annual Seafest.

Leeds West Indian Carnival
Leeds West Indian Carnival

An offshoot of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival, the event will feature music and dance - as well as spectacular costumes designed some of the UK’s most renowned carnival costume designers.

Leeds West Indian Carnival was founded in 1967 by Arthur France, MBE, and is held in Leeds every August, attracting record crowds of over 150,000.

Speaking about the event Mr. France said:

“We are delighted that the pop-up carnival will showcase Yorkshire as Europe’s first Caribbean Carnival comes to Scarborough Seafest.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for Leeds Carnival to bring wow factor and a touch of the Caribbean to what is already a beautiful part of our county. With the sea as a backdrop we’re looking forward to a spectacular display of costumes, colour and calypso.”

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“We promised that this year’s Seafest would be bigger and better than ever, and the addition of the Pop-up Carnival to the programme is really exciting – it’s something that’s never been seen in Scarborough before!”

Seafest is a three-day festival featuring a host of new street theatre, music and food events. Now in its 16th year this year’s event will run from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July.

The pop-up carnival will take place from noon until 2.30pm on Saturday 26 July on South Bay beach near Scarborough Spa.

Other highlights of Seafest 2014 include Circo Rum Ba Ba, the Institute of Crazy Dancing, Whitby-based Jean and Morag and Scarborough-based Animated Objects.

There will also be music from the Paradise Steel Band, the Men of Staithes Choir, and Scarborough’s Fun Key Choir as well as food demos from a line-up of top chefs and a real ale tent.

Other highlights include a gospel breakfast with DJ Tooley, morris dancing, local stalls, fireworks display, sea-themed workshops, story-telling, rock pool rambles and a blessing of the boats at the Seafest Sunday service.

For further information on Seafest visit or follow Seafest on Twitter @scarboroseafest

Video of Leeds West Indian Chapeltown Carnival Parade 2013

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