Leeds & West Yorkshire

Thousands attend Leeds West Indian Carnival

Thousands of people have gathered in Leeds for the 47th West Indian Carnival.

A colourful parade started at Potternewton Park and went through Chapeltown and Harehills.

Leeds City Council said it hoped the event would bring between £5m and £10m into the local economy.

Believed to be the oldest event of its kind in Europe, the carnival was launched by Arthur France who developed the idea after becoming homesick.

West Yorkshire Police said last year the event attracted more than 150,000 revellers.

Maureen Wilkes, who runs a food stall at the carnival, said: "This morning when I came to set up there were 10 people here. It's built up over the day and now there's 10,000. It's wonderful."

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