August Bank holiday Monday 2017 found children and staff from Hillcrest taking part in the 50th Anniversary of the Leeds West Indian Carnival. The Carnival in Leeds has taken place in Chapeltown since its beginnings in 1967.  Below is the original carnival committee in this iconic photograph taken outside of Hillcrest Academy then known as Cowper Street School. The carnival has gone from strength to strength getting bigger and bigger over the years.

Every year months and months of preparation go into designing and making an array of stunning costumes that are paraded along a route which included Roundhay and Chapeltown Road. Hillcrest joined the carnival this year in a troupe. Children and staff had a fantastic time jamming along the route taking in an atmosphere of soca and calypso music, vibrant stunning costumes, and a diverse mix of people taking part as well as cheering us on.

On our way to Potternewton Park we stopped off on Hillcrest Ave to say ‘Hi’ to the Carnival Queen.

We danced along Spencer Place

And down Roundhay Road

We were all very tired by the end of the day but we had a really good time.

We’re already looking forward to carnival next year!