GLORIOUS sunshine drew the crowds back to Greenhead Park again yesterday for the Kirklees Mela.
A holiday atmosphere filled the park for the Asian-themed carnival, as people lounged on the grass or enjoyed the entertainment on offer.
For children, there was a funfair, with dodgems, waltzers, a Ferris wheel and stalls.
Toy stalls, fun slides, a bouncy castle and balloons were also on offer.
For adults, there was a range of stalls selling Asian clothes, shoes, art and craft items, henna tattooing, exotic musical instruments and traditional Asian cuisine, as well as English snacks and sweets.
There was also a Buddhist meditation stand.
About 2pm, the first bands took to the two stages - the Mela stage and the Apna stage. First on the Mela stage was Champak Kumar, programmer of the Mela.
On the Apna stage, the Shezadi Dancers opened the entertainment.
Also performing were Sahara - nominees for best group at the Asian Music Awards 2003 - and Shola, a band which specialises in playing film and bhangra music on modern western and traditional Asian instruments.
Gubi Sandhu, a rising talent who mixes bhangra, R 'n' B, UK garage, dhesi beats and drum 'n' bass, also performed.
Setara Shah, a famous Pakistani film singer, showed off her vocal skills, while tabla player Barber Ali demonstrated the skill in creating rhythms that has lead to him working with some of Pakistan's big music personalities.
Pardesi were a new band to the Mela. The Birmingham bhangra band replaced the Safri Boys, who had to cancel after lead singer Balwinder Safri fell ill.
Pardesi are led by singer Salinder Pardesi, who began singing at an early age in temples and shot into the music industry after winning Asian Song Contest in 1986.
Pardesi mixed eastern melodies with western beats.
Two of the last acts were Orchestra Bollystars - who played Hindi film songs, bhangra and Gujarati folk songs - and Master Abdul Shakoor. He performed Potowari poetry, a style of verse accompanied by four musicians.
Other artists included Dhesi Vibes, Dr Zeus, Khadiya, Iqbal; Bahu, Gogo, HQ, Rhythm Nation and Avtar Safri.
After 7pm some of the audience carried on the party at Club Non in St George's Square, the venue for a club night.