The 2014 Carnival takes place on Saturday 12th July, from mid-day.
Here’s how it looked in 2013.
In Liverpool it was a bright blue carnival day and even the streets were smiling.
I started coming to this years and years ago when it was the ‘Caribbean Carnival’ and was a celebration of all things Liverpool 8. Well these days it’s still entirely within Liverpool 8 but it brings in people from all over Liverpool and beyond.
I joined in as the parade was crossing Upper Parliament Street.
Waiting to move off.
Into Princes Avenue.
And now we meet, for me, one of the star turns of the day.
The mighty Batala. We’ll be following them all the way round to Princes Park.
Just love to dance.
Just love to drum.
Batala pass Princes Park Gates.
Along Devonshire Road.
Two hours in and still dancing…
With Batala just behind them.
Ché cheers them in!
And…we’re done. Magnificent.
Thank you Batala. I love drums. And at one point today, walking along beside you I found myself crying for joy. Something wild and deep inside me released by your rhythms. Moved, literally to tears. Thank you.
Shade at last.
A final curtain call for some of the big stars of the day.
Photographed with their fans.
We all loved it.
Then it’s a picnic for everyone in Princes Park.
Gary Millar, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool is there.
There are performers…
It’s an idyllic afternoon in Liverpool 8.
And as Batala put their drums away…
And Brouhaha fill up the van…
The Carnival is over for another year.