Leeds Samba at Light Night 2017!
Thursday the 5th of October saw the Unidos do Ritmo dancers and bateria parade through the city centre for the first time. Leeds Night Night parade was produced by Handmade Parade working with Leeds City Council.
The fantastic costumes and full-on carnival vibes of Leeds West Indian Carnival led the procession off from the town hall. Their presence this year represented 50 years of epic Chapeltown carnival community heritage and achievement in our city. The carnival contingent was followed by the awesome Spark drummers. Spark wowed the huge crowds with their spectacular LED light show and choreographed street performance. A tough act to follow!
A huge group of Handmade Parade participants joined the fun with their crafted lanterns held aloft, taking back the streets. Leeds city centre was filled with people, enjoying the parade as well as the many Light Night events around town. Halting the traffic completely for a few precious hours… beautiful!
Samba in Leeds City Centre!
Watched over by Handmade Parade’s giant lantern puppet, Leeds Samba brought up the back of the parade. Our latest thundering, non-stop samba routines powered us round the route. Unidos em Ritmo, The bateria of drummers kept the tempo high and pulses racing, samba dancers were glowing, basking in some glorious light and beats.
Leeds was out en-masse for Light Night and participating in the spirit of the event. Passing all those smiling, dancing, selfie-snapping, wide-eyed groups of families, visitors and lit-up ravers, it was clear that Leeds Light Night transcends fixed cultural boundaries. This isn’t an event for one part of our population, or limited by age, religion, income, ethnicity or anything else.
If you weren’t there, we’d love to see you next time. Even better, come and be a part of it! The Leeds Samba community is hatching some big, bright plans…