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Life is a Carnival
Carnival is back for 2017, after a break last year through lack of funding, and this time the Afro-Caribbean extravaganza is bigger than ever.
Run by the Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trust, the event is now in its 33rd year, and aims to "advance, promote, encourage, and develop appreciation of and participation in African and Caribbean culture".
More than 40,000 people attend every year, enjoying festivities including a midnight 'Glow Parade' and after party on Friday 7th July from 12 midnight until 3am, the main Carnival procession through town from 12 noon until 8pm on Saturday 8th, as well as a variety of stalls and events hosted at the Hudawi Centre, which is near the Northern Retail Park.
These will include street art, live music, drumming and storytelling workshops, food stalls, a bar, and other activities centered around African and Caribbean culture. There will also be a Mas band competition.
The processions will be free to enjoy, but in order to keep up the funding, this year there will be a small charge to enter; £5 for adults and £2.50 for under-17s, with under-13s getting in free.
The Glow Parade After Party is a "Soca and Reggae Extravaganza where North meets South", and DJs include DJ Bones, DJ Nuff Guff, Dry Curfew, Original Major, 8ball, and City Links Sound. The party will be adults only, and therefore tickets are £5 each if purchased in advance, available online here.
This is a fantastic opportunity to support, celebrate, and enjoy African and Caribbean culture in Huddersfield, so don't miss out on what promises to be a great weekend.