HUDDERSFIELD Carnival 2012 – the place to see Jab Jabs playing Mud Mas.

It might sound like we’ve gone crazy, but it’s actually the game that opens the Huddersfield Carnival 2012.

The Huddersfield Carnival is all about bringing a touch of Caribbean culture to the town’s streets with wild costumes and catchy music, but it’s the Mud Mas that most catches the eye.

It’s part of the J’ouvert, or ‘opening of day’, which marks the start of the Huddersfield Carnival 2012 and people – the Jab Jabs – throw paint, mud chocolate and powder at each other at midnight.

Massively messy but massively fun, and with about 30,000 people coming over the two days, it’s on a massive scale, too.

The Huddersfield Carnival 2012 will be the 28th time the carnival has run and takes place July 13-14.

The second day sees a huge Mass Band Parade through Huddersfield, starting off from the Hudawi Centre in Great Northern Street at 1pm and making its way to Greenhead Park, where the bands will take to the stage.

There’s theatre, dance and drama, and there’s also a children’s area at Greenhead Park with activities especially for young people as well as a fairground and inflatables.

There is also a variety of stalls to look around, including food stalls selling jerk chicken to fit with the culture of the carnival.

The Huddersfield Carnival 2012, all organised by volunteers, is all about music and colour and people create outlandish costumes to try to win the Carnival Royale Show crown which is held on Friday, July 13 at Huddersfield Town Hall, with the prize being to lead the carnival parade.

The Huddersfield Carnival 2012 is on a big scale but the concept came from much smaller roots.

It originally began as one float at the mayor’s carnival and has since grown to the huge spectacle of sound, music, colour – and paints and powders – that it is today.

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