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Monday 30 August 2004
Carnival fever hits Leeds
Leeds Carnival 2004
Keeley and Jeanene at Leeds Carnival 2004

Leeds Carnival brought a mass of colour and noise to Potternewton Park on Monday 30 August.

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2004 was the 37th Leeds West Indian Carnival.

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Crowds flocked to Potternewton park to celebrate the 37th Leeds West Indian Carnival on a bright and sunny Bank Holiday Monday.

An array of sights, sounds and smells greeted the revellers with West Indian food stalls, sound systems, costumes and floats which brought that unique carnival atmosphere back to the park.

Everyone was in party mood as there was much dancing and horn blowing to the sounds of Soca and Calypso.

Carnival Queen Davina Williams by Max Farrar
Carnival Queen Davina Williams. Picture by Max Farrar.

Bank Holiday Monday is the traditional culmination of the Leeds carnival that began on Friday with the Carnival Queen show in Millennium Square where the winner was 23 year-old Davina Williams. Her costume was titled De Birth of De Phoenix, designed by Colin Spalding and The Renegades of Mas. All from Luton.

Celebrations started when the early warm-up parade, the J'Ouvert began at 6am for those early risers.

The main carnival procession left Potternewton Park at 2pm and paraded through the streets of Chapeltown, before coming back to the park in the evening for the judging of troupes.

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