HUDDERSFIELD was alive with carnival fever ... and even the sun came out for the occasion.
Crowds enjoyed a glimpse of Caribbean culture at this year’s Huddersfield Carnival which had a distinctive Diamond Jubilee theme.
People travelled from as far away as London for Saturday’s festivities, which began with a procession from the Hudawi Cultural Centre. The parade arrived at St George’s Square at 2.15pm before making its way through the town centre and back to the Square.
Thousands of people lined the streets to see the floats and colourfully dressed dancers.
And many tucked into the array of Caribbean food on offer.
Kirsty McClusky from Moldgreen said: “The food is a massive highlight – its fantastic.
“It was brilliant. Events in the town centre where everyone can get involved are really important to the community.
“I know they had to change the event from Greenhead Park to the town centre but in many ways it’s better that way as more people get to see it and its more central.
“It gets bigger and better every year.
“Getting to be a part of and see another culture in this way is fantastic.”
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Ryan Small, and Lee Hurd from Lindley came down for a few hours.
“We used to come to the carnival when it was in Greenhead Park and every year it is just as good,” said Ryan.
“It is something the town looks forward to.”
Jessica Sims, of Milnsbridge, and Andy Clegg, of Marsh, have been for the last few years.
Jessica said: “It has been such a great year, the weather has helped too and the parade is always fantastic.
“In the town, we have a large West Indian population and it is nice to be able to celebrate that.”
Andy continued: “There’s something about Huddersfield Carnival – it is better than other carnivals.
“It fills the town and we look forward to this one much more than, say, Leeds or any of the other big cities.
“I do think it was probably better when it was a Greenhead Park, however.
“It seems a bit more spread out this year. That cannot be helped because of the weather but when the carnival is in the park it is more compact and closer together.
“It has been a fantastic day.”
Dennis Rose and Stan Winston came from London to share the day with their family.
Dennis said: “It was a fantastic day, especially the parade and we will look forward to coming next year.”
Sporting a Jamaica T-shirt, Lenford Foster, of Bradley, said: “Watching that parade was a highlight for my son and I.
“It was so colourful, it was great.”
Music filled the square with different artists, musicians and drummers on each passing float.
Dancers followed behind each float dressed in bright, elaborate costumes and Jubilee-themed outfits.
Bands played on the main stage in the square while dancers impressed the crowds with an array of exciting ensembles.
The 60-year Diamond Jubilee celebration was an ongoing theme throughout the entire carnival and large ornate crowns could be seen in the parade.
BBQs and jerk chicken tents lined St Peter’s Street while Byram Street was packed with rides and entertainment for all the children.
In St Peter’s Gardens there was another stage with music and street dancing.
The Carnival king and queen were crowned on Friday.
The queen was Melody Robinson of the Carriacou, Petite Martinique and the Grenada Band and the princess was Trinise Senior of the Diamond Jubilee Band.
The king was Billy Fuller from the Leeds West Indian Carnival and the prince was Daniel Mitchell from the Diamond Jubilee Band.