Organisers of BRAZILICA, the UK’s largest Samba Carnival event, have announced the route the glittering carnival parade will take when it passes through the city’s streets on the evening of Saturday 16th July.
This stunning Rio de Janeiro style spectacle is sure to be the undoubted highlight of the three day festival, which will take place across the Liverpool from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 July.
The 500 beautiful, bejewelled samba dancers, Brazilian style drummers and spectacular floats will start their journey through the city at 8.30pm at Abercrombie Square before leading down Mount Pleasant, past the Cathedral of Christ the King, turning onto Hope Street and leading past the Everyman Theatre. From here, the carnival will dance down Hardman Street and Leece Street, passing St Luke’s bombed out Church before making its way along Bold Street, stomping through Church Street and ending at the Main Stage Festival site at Williamson Square, in the heart of Liverpool city centre, where a number of acts will take to the stage to perform until 11pm. A completely FREE fiesta for everyone to enjoy!
Several members of Sao Paulo based samba group Nene de Vila Matilde will fly in from Brazil to join forces with the Liverpool Samba School, who are sure to cause a stir when they dance through the city’s streets alongside several celebrated Samba Groups from across the UK including London based Paraiso, Pulse of the Place from Edinburgh, and Manchester School of Samba to name but a few. The Liverpool based carnival would not be complete without acclaimed local samba groups including Batala Liverpool, Karambasamba from Chester, Widnes based St Peter and St Paul’s Samba Group and Oxiris Samba School from Wirral.
The BRAZILICA Carnival Parade would not have been able to take such a central route through the city without the support of Liverpool’s City Central Business Improvement District (BID), which came on board earlier this year as a festival sponsor. BRAZILICA festival organisers have been working diligently with the City Central BID Team to ensure that the whole area will come to life with colour, beautiful costumes, stunning samba rhythms, awesome floats, authentic Latino crafts, cuisine and drinks as well as free activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout the course of Sat 16th July.
BRAZILICA will be a massive 3 day event taking place across Liverpool. The festival is an exciting expansion of Liverpool Carnival Company’s hugely successful carnival parade, which has existed since Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 and attracted over 30,000 spectators in 2010. With irresistible rhythms, extravagant costumes, sparkling dancers and colossal floats there is guaranteed to be plenty of glitz and glamour and EVERYONE is invited to join in the celebration!
As Liverpool’s love of all things Brazilian continues to grow the links and similarities between Liverpool and Brazil are becoming ever clearer. Our mutual love of sport, celebrated footballing histories and strong sense of community spirit mean that we have a lot in common. BRAZILICA will celebrate this link and all things Brazilian when it stomps into Liverpool this July.