Carnival!

The 2014 Carnival takes place on Saturday 12th July, from mid-day.carnival_2014_flyer-01-1024x735

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.Carnival01 Carnival02 Carnival03

Waiting to move off.

Waiting to move off.

Into Princes Avenue.

Into Princes Avenue.

Carnival06And 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.

The mighty Batala. We’ll be following them all the way round to Princes Park.

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Some people...

Some people…

Just love to dance.

Just love to dance.

 

While others...

While others…

Just love to drum.

Just love to drum.

Batala pass Princes Park Gates.

Batala pass Princes Park Gates.

 

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Along Devonshire Road.

Along Devonshire Road.

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Two hours in and still dancing...

Two hours in and still dancing…

Movema enter the park.

Movema enter the park.

 

With Batala just behind them.

With Batala just behind them.

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Ché cheers them in!

Ché cheers them in!

And...we're done. Magnificent.

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.

Drums on your heads everyone.

Shade at last.

Shade at last.

 

A final curtain call for some of the big stars of the day.

A final curtain call for some of the big stars of the day.

Photographed with their fans.

Photographed with their fans.

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Well done Brouhaha for organising this.

Well done Brouhaha for organising this.

We all loved it.

We all loved it.

Then it’s a picnic for everyone in Princes Park.

Gary Millar, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool is there.

Gary Millar, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool is there.

There are performers...

There are performers…

And DJs.

And DJs.

It's an idyllic afternoon in Liverpool 8.

It’s an idyllic afternoon in Liverpool 8.

And as Batala put their drums away...

And as Batala put their drums away…

And Brouhaha fill up the van...

And Brouhaha fill up the van…

The Carnival is over for another year.

The Carnival is over for another year.

 

7 thoughts on “Carnival!

  1. Gerry

    Great photos, Ronnie. Could almost be New Orleans (have you seen David Simon’s series Treme? If the drumming here moves you to tears, I think you’d love it).

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  2. jbaird

    This is fantastic! I can just picture the streets smiling. Thanks for letting us in on the carnival, at least the eye candy part. Now if I could just have heard those drums…

    Reply

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