Giant for 800th Parade Takes Shape


Arts company Strange Cargo are creating a 15ft ‘giant’ to lead 800 performers in a spectacular, two-hour long, pageant to celebrate Liverpool’s 800th anniversary on Tuesday, August 28 2007

Pictured here is the main frame of the giant, (there’s room inside for one person) and Strange Cargo artists painting the outfit to cover the frame.

The people of Liverpool are taking part in special workshops to help create the giant, as well as several other new characters on pageant day, including two ‘big heads’ who will be the Giants constant companions.

Costume Making Open days: 9.30am-4.30pm – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2007
The public are invited to come and make a costume at the Lower Horseshoe Gallery at World Museum Liverpool that they can take away and then wear on pageant day to accompany The Liverpool Giant through the city’s streets.

A Giant Celebration: 1pm, Bank Holiday Monday, August 27 2007
The opening element to the 800th Birthday pageant will involve the naming and presentation of The Liverpool Giant in St John’s Gardens as part of the family activities for Mathew Street Festival.

Liverpool 800TH Birthday Pageant: 11.30am – 1.30pm, Tuesday, August 28 2007
Liverpool’s pageant will begin at St George’s Hall plateau going along Churchill way flyover, Dale Street, Church Street, Lord Street, Whitechapel, St john’s Lane, Lime Street and ending back at St George’s Hall. The Liverpool Giant will be accompanied by two Liverpool-themed Big Head companions and four large Liverpool-themed structures.

This unique piece of street theatre will be presented by the company artists and over 250 Liverpool participants who helped in its creation.


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