A SEA of colour flooded the streets for the 24th annual Huddersfield Carnival on Saturday.
Thousands of spectators turned out to watch a procession of exquisite costumes and spectacular floats as it passed from the Hudawi Cultural Centre at Hillhouse and through Huddersfield town centre to Greenhead Park.
Floats included a beach-style effort from Cummins Turbo Technologies as well as dancers and performers dressed in grass skirts and other tropical dress.
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Also providing entertainment in the town centre were the North Star Steel Orchestra and Africa 4 All. Despite poor weather in the run up the party continued in style, with music, dance and Caribbean food.
The park party was washed out last year by heavy rain.
Tony Isles and Melissa Smart, both representing Pure Elegance Youth Club, were crowned carnival king and queen while Osaze Bacchus-Oum, 16, from Mirfield, and eight-year-old Nialah Duncan, of Crosland Moor, were carnival prince and princess.
The carnival royal family later performed dances on a large stage in the park.
On Friday night Huddersfield Town Hall rocked to the carnival king and queen show, followed by a new procession called J’Ouvert, which made its way from the Town Hall at midnight to the sounds of the Nostalgia Steel Band.
Huddersfield Carnival committee chairman Mary Augustine said: “It went exceptionally well; you can’t wish for more. The weather was awful in the days before, but the procession was lovely and the J’Ouvert the day before was fantastic.
“I’d like to thank Kirklees Leisure Services, our sponsors, our masqueraders, the community and all our spectators, because without them it wouldn’t be a carnival.
“I thank the carnival committee, too, because we’re only a small committee and you can imagine how difficult something so big is to organise.
“Next year, though, is the big one, because it’ll be the carnival’s 25th anniversary.”