THOUSANDS of people will get into carnival spirit this weekend as a spectacular festival of music, dance, food and costumes comes to town.
The weekend of multi-cultural celebration, which includes the popular Huddersfield Carnival and a new event called A World Together, will see tens of thousands of people descend on the town and Greenhead Park.
Organisers are making the final preparations to ensure that the colourful extravaganza is a big success.
Glenis Burgess, of Kirklees Council’s Culture and Leisure Services, said: “We had to make a few last-minute adjustments and move all the stalls to the lower field in the park because the recent rain has made the top field soggy.
“But that’s now fine and everything’s going to plan.
“We’re hoping the weather holds up, but we always get a good turnout and we’re expecting it to be a very successful weekend.”
The weekend of entertainment kicks off at 7pm tonight with the King and Queen show in Huddersfield Town Hall.
This will be followed by a new procession called J’Ouvert, which will make its way from the Town Hall at midnight to the sounds of Nostalgia Steel Band.
Tomorrow there will be entertainment in the town centre from noon to 3pm featuring the North Star Steel Orchestra and Africa 4 All.
The carnival procession kicks off at the Hudawi Cultural Centre at Great Northern Street, Hillhouse, at 1pm.
It will wind its way along St John’s Road and into the town centre before finishing at Greenhead Park at 4pm.
There will be temporary road closures as the procession makes its way around the town centre.
The roads will be re-opened once the parade passes.
Police will control traffic lights and keep the traffic flowing.
Participants in the procession will include Huddersfield engineering company Cummins Turbo Technologies, which promises its most spectacular float ever.
To get into the beach party spirit, Caribbean-style, staff and their families will don grass skirts and bikinis and other colourful costumes as they party on a tropical beach on the back of a 40ft articulated lorry.
At Greenhead Park there will be entertainment from 1pm and families will be able to enjoy music, dance and food from the Caribbean.
Sunday will see a new event in the park, A World Together. This event, which replaces the usual Mela, promises to vibrant and fun-packed.
The event starts at noon and will offer a variety of music by local acts, dance and the arts, representing cultures from around the world.
Visitors of all ages will be able to take part in a variety of activities and entertainment as the park is filled with different performance spaces.
Some of the highlights will include 20s, 30s and 40s dancing, reggae music and stories from around the world accompanied by choirs.
The Have A Go Marquee will offer visitors the chance to have a go at everything from making masks to circus skills.
Ms Burgess said this event was a welcome new addition to the carnival weekend.
She added: “It offers something for everyone, from music performances by local people to tea dancing from the 40s. I think it will be really welcomed and add a new dynamic to the weekend.”