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West Indian Carnival takes place in Leeds for 49th year

Carnival attendees
Image caption Potternewton Park was bathed in sun for Monday's carnival parade

Thousands of people have turned out on the streets of Leeds for the 49th West Indian Carnival.

The celebration of food, music and culture - among the oldest events of its kind in Europe - took over Potternewton Park for the bank holiday weekend.

The highlight was Monday's carnival parade on the streets of Chapeltown and Harehills.

Organisers estimated 120,000 had attended this year's celebrations.

The parade left Potternewton Park at 14:00 BST, turned left down Harehills Avenue before heading towards the city centre. It then looped back on itself and returned to the park.

Image caption Monday's celebrations started early with a 'pyjama party'

An early-morning 'pyjama party' kicked-off the day's festivities at 06:30.

Arthur France, who helped to start the the carnival in 1967, said he was feeling "overwhelmingly great".

"We have some great costumes, great weather and Leeds is bustling - we upstage London and the rest of Europe," he said.

Image caption The carnival is well-known for its parade, which includes floats, dancers and colourful outfits
Image caption One of the largest outfits was worn by 2016's Leeds West Indian Carnival queen

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