Huddersfield’s much-loved Caribbean Carnival will be returning to Greenhead Park this summer after years of disruption.
Previously, the pandemic put a spanner in the works for the major event with it having to be hosted online. However, last year an event celebrating Caribbean culture went ahead as part of the Greenhead Gathering under the name ‘Vibe Alive.’
According to the event’s organisers, the people of Huddersfield can rest assured that the carnival will be returning to the town on July 8 this year. Funds have been secured from Kirklees Council, though additional funding is being sought from the national lottery to bring a parade through the streets.
Taking to social media, the official statement from Huddersfield Carnival says: “Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trust (HACCT) and its Carnival Management Committee (CMC) have been working hard to serve a full scale carnival for 2023. We understand how important Carnival is to the community of Kirklees which is why our team of volunteers continue to put hours of their personal time into making it a reality.
“So far, we have secured a funding agreement with Kirklees Year of Music in partnership with Kirklees Council to host a park event on Saturday 8th July 2023. The event will be filled with the sounds, tastes and vibes of Caribbean Carnival which we all know and love. We can confirm that this will take place in Greenhead Park from 12pm.
“HACCT have submitted an Arts Council England (National Lottery) application to support us to bring the carnival parade back to the streets of Huddersfield which is a fundamental part of the heritage and culture of carnival. Our application seeks to support our local Mas bands with skill development and costume standard bringing quality to the cultural costume art which makes the parade. We have also taken the opportunity in the application to bring carnival arts into local schools and early years providers as part of the project, supporting them and other communities within Kirklees to participate in our parade.
“We expect an outcome for the parade element mid May 2023, until then continue to plan for both possibilities. Regardless of the Arts Council outcome we are pleased to be able to bring you a Carnival event in Greenhead Park and further information will follow. If you are interested in performing or having a stall at the event, please see our social media pages for the application details.
“We thank our partners and supporters for working with us and endeavour to keep you, our community, informed of our progress.”
Adele Poppleton, Service Director for Culture and Visitor Economy said: “Following a successful event in 2022, Kirklees Council has been working with the Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trust and its Carnival Management Committee in producing another great Carnival event this summer for Kirklees communities and visitors.
“The event, taking place on 8 July in Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, forms part of the Kirklees Year of Music programme and will be filled with the sounds, sights and culture synonymous with Caribbean Carnivals.
“If you are interested in performing or having a stall at the event, please see Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trusts social media for application details.”