Destination Harrogate is bringing the Carnival party vibes back to the district this summer with Carnival returning to Harrogate for the first time in three years following the pandemic.
On Saturday 30 July, Harrogate is set to sparkle, shimmer and shine with colourful costumes, music, dance and international flavours from the Caribbean, Brazil, Turkey, China, Nepal, India, Australia and Eastern Europe.
The free, family-friendly festival will feature performers from Leeds West Indian Carnival who will parade through Harrogate town centre joined by Houriat Belly Dancing, Sweep of Swallows kite puppets, Chinese dragon dancers, brass bands and more.
Following the morning parade an all-day celebration will take place in Harrogate’s iconic Valley Gardens including street theatre, interactive workshops, international street food and two stages hosting music and dance performances.
Destination Harrogate has commissioned Harrogate International Festivals to deliver the event, following 2019’s Carnival as part of ‘Harrogate Welcomes The World’ – which drew thousands of revellers into Harrogate to enjoy the party atmosphere, in spite of wet weather on the day.
Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, said: “It’s wonderful that Carnival is coming back this year and bringing with it fun, festivities and internationally-flavoured celebrations that everyone can enjoy.
“Carnival is distinctive and dynamic and will enhance our packed programme of exciting events and experiences, attracting people from across the north of England to the Harrogate district. We can look forward to the town centre buzzing as Carnival parades through and as people also enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants that Harrogate has to offer.”
Sharon Canavar, Chief Executive, Harrogate International Festivals, said: “After an incredibly tough couple of years for our community it is wonderful to be able to celebrate with a huge party and celebration in our beautiful open spaces. The Carnival is free for everyone to attend and celebrate the diversity, colours, costumes, sounds and flavours from the four quarters of the world, right here in Harrogate. With global music and dance stages, themed food zones, art and craft workshops and street theatre, this family-friendly day is a true party in every sense of the word.
Think Rio in Rhododendrons, parade in the petunias, sounds in the sun colonnades, food in the flora and dancing in the dahlias, and you will begin to get a taste of what the day holds in store.”