Sheffield Carnival | Saturday 23rd June 2018 | Norfolk Heritage Park
Article written by: Adra Lee
Sheffield Carnival was born from the hard work of a team of friends that got together to form a group ‘Supreme Origins’ in response to their memories of African Caribbean Fortnight, an event in Sheffield that ran from 1979 until 1994. African Caribbean Fortnight was set up by Leroy Wenham who came to Sheffield from Leeds and organised the 10 Caribbean themed events led by community groups to take place in the city. These events included Caribbean themed fashion shows, sporting events and a talent show and ended with the carnival. Due to lack of funding which was often financed by Leroy and other organisers who were passionate about celebrating and sharing their culture within the city, the event had not been held in the city for over two decades although similar events had been inspired by it such as the Abbeyfield Multicultural Festival.
Supreme Origins’ motto is “Captivating the City” and this is what the event achieved accompanied once again with the sun shining down on what was a day in the city to remember.