From Friday 13th through to 15th July Liverpool city centre was the venue for Brazilica which is the UK’s biggest Samba carnival that brings a taste of Brazil’s carnival atmosphere to the city.
I was in town yesterday late in the afternoon and I managed to savour some of the atmosphere in Williamson Square which hosted the main festival activity. There was the Brazilica Main Stage with live authentic sounds of Brazilian musicians. All around the square were a wide range of stalls selling Brazilian food and drink as well as a Brazilian street market. Over in Clayton Square I found out afterwards was a soccer zone playing host to exhibitions of footballing talents.
Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for the start of the carnival which was going to be a dazzling night-time parade. The carnival was starting off from Abercrombie Square near to Liverpool University at 8pm finishing at Williamson Square around 10pm. Hundreds of performers were to take part in this Rio-style carnival weaving it’s way through the city centre with glittering costumes and floats moving to a powerful samba beat. I will make sure I’m there next year and that I can take some better photographs which do justice to the atmosphere of the event.