Huddersfield Carnival will be held virtually again this year as the planning starts in earnest for a big, loud, proud and colourful return in 2022.

The online carnival, to be held on Saturday July 10, will feature music, dance and a cooking demonstration but it’s all a build up to a grand return to Greenhead Park in 12 months’ time.

And organisers are celebrating the award of a grant to ensure that when the carnival returns next year the costumes will be bigger and better than ever.

Huddersfield Carnival Management Committee has been successful in receiving a £14,500 share of a £90,000 grant from Historic England as part of the Huddersfield High Streets Heritage Action Zone.

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A large costume and 20 dance costumes on the theme of Rugby League will be created by a professional carnival arts practitioner Kamal Alaoui.

With the help of Huddersfield Mas Bands and student placements from the University of Huddersfield Costume and Textile degree course the costumes will be built in one of the Temporary Contemporary units on the Piazza in Huddersfield town centre.

Although Huddersfield Carnival will be online again this year, the project is match funded by Arts Council England to build the artistry of the carnival and keep the vibe alive for 2022.

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The bands will show the finished costumes and dance as part of the activities in St George’s Square in September 2021 as well as appear at Leeds West Indian Carnival King and Queen Show. They are supported by Huddersfield Giants and when, Covid regulations permit, will appear at a home game. Fingers are crossed too for an appearance at the Rugby World Cup events at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A second large costume and other dance costumes on the theme of “Arrivals” will be created in 2022 ready for the carnival parade and the return to Greenhead Park.

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