ONE of Huddersfield's most vibrant and successful events could fold.
Organisers of Huddersfield Carnival today pleaded with people to "Keep Huddersfield Carnival Alive!" for 2006.
A funding crisis and lack of volunteers mean this year's 21st anniversary carnival could be the last.
The event - on July 9 - was the largest ever with crowds of around 30,000 enjoying the event in scorching Caribbean temperatures.
Eighteen floats, troupes and masqueraders from Luton, London, Leeds, Leicester and Preston, joined Huddersfield people for a massive procession through the town centre to Greenhead Park where there was entertainment well into the night.
Veronica Matheson, treasurer of the Huddersfield Carnival Committee, said: "The Huddersfield Carnival Committee struggled to put on this year's event
"Fundraising events organised by the committee, which has only eight members has not been as successful as was hoped due to lack of support from the community.
"The event is not only for the African Caribbean community, it is one of the major community cohesion festivals in the area and beyond. It strives to bring communities together and celebrate the rich cultural and social inclusiveness of our communities in an atmosphere of fun and education."
Ms Matheson said sponsorship applications were made to more than 300 local businesses this year, but there was an extremely poor response with only three companies making a small donation of sums of between £10 and £50.
"The Carnival has been going a long time but there is a genuine fear it may not carry on," she said. "This year was the worst for problems.
"We got help from Kirklees Council but nowhere else.
"People think Kirklees meets all the bills but that is not the case. They provide the infrastructure, such as policing and stage, but we need to do everything else."
Ms Matheson said this year also saw the end of funding for carnival director Steve Byfield.
The committee also has no permanent office and desperately needs a base.
"It costs between £150,000 and £180,000 to put on the event," she said.
"Everybody sees what was a terrific end product but no-one knows all the hard work that goes into it.
"Word about how good the Carnival is has been spreading and we should be busy planning for next year, but we need help."
New volunteers or members can contact Huddersfield Carnival Committee on 0870 9905118 or email email@example.com