Working in Partnership with Hopeful Families




Huddersfield Carnival – 13th and 14th JULY 2018

Huddersfield Carnival working in partnership with the Hopeful Families project Huddersfield African Caribbean Cultural Trust (HACCT), responsible for organising Huddersfield Carnival, is working with the Hopeful Families project to celebrate 70 years of the arrival of the Windrush Generation across the UK but in particular those who contributed to the development of the infrastructure, economy and cultural diversity across Kirklees. Huddersfield Carnival draws its inspiration from the Caribbean and provides a medium through which local communities come together, participate and enjoy the display of local talents in costume design, music, dance and drama. The Carnival is celebrated over two days, with the Midnight Glow Parade, on Friday/Saturday 13th July where revellers dance in the streets celebrating freedom, friendship and the opening of carnival day parading through the town centre starting in Market Place. Everyone is welcome to attend. On Saturday, 14th July, the Carnival Mas Band Parade takes place, commencing from the Hudawi Centre at 1pm and winding its way through the streets of Huddersfield.  Costumed Bands will display an array of costumes and will parade through the town centre finishing at the Hudawi Centre where each costume mas band will have the opportunity to take to the stage outside one more time and where winners will be announced for best local, best individual masquerader on the road. For music lovers there will be music sections featuring our local internet radio stations playing the best Soca, Reggae and Roots music, food stalls, bar drinks, craft and information stalls. A small fair ground will also be available to provide entertainment for children and young people. New this year, In St George’s Square from 11am to 3pm the Hopeful Families project in partnership with HACCT will offer flag making, carnival make sessions. Join in and soak up steel band performances and DJ music. Our local Jamasize instructor will be there to get you fit and ready before the parade arrives in town. Funded by European Social and Investment Fund and the Big Lottery, the Hopeful Families project delivered by the Yorkshire Children’s Centre aims to work with families to address the major barriers to gaining and sustaining employment through early intervention and family mentoring support. Come along and talk to one of the Family Mentors and find out how the team can support you towards success. Its going to be the biggest Caribbean Carnival Music Street Festival in our Premier Town. Loud and Proud! We welcome each and everyone to enjoy and join in the festivities.

Carnival Route and Site Map

Carnival Road Map

This year the parade starts from the Hudawi Centre at 1pm before travelling along Great Northern Street, Willow Lane, St John’s Road, John William Street, Market Place, Cloth Hall Street, Market Street, Railway Street, Northumberland Street, Leeds Road and arriving back in Great Northern Street.

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We need volunteers on carnival day for the following roles Stewards

Information and Welfare Fundraisers (Bucket Shaking)

Litter Pickers

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Are you an up and coming local artist and want to perform on our carnival stage. Contact us!

Join the Carnival Parade

Join a local costume group in the carnival parade. There are 6 groups to choose from where you will learn new skills, hear about carnival history and have fun at the same time.

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