Organisers have confirmed the route for this Saturday’s colourful Brazilian carnival parade through Liverpool.
Thousands of people are expected to line the streets for the event, which forms part of the 10th annual Brazilica festival.
Starting from Abercromby Square at 8pm, this year’s carnival will have a new finishing location in the city centre’s Williamson Square,
The parade will travel along Oxford Street, Hope Street, downhill along Hardman Street and onto Bold Street, before reaching its final destination via Church Street.
A newly-crowned carnival queen will lead the parade, after being picked during a competition evening at Albert Dock’s PANAM on Friday 14 July.
More than a dozen Samba band from Liverpool and beyond will provide music and dance during the parade, including Liverpool Samba School, Batala Mersey and Katumba.
The celebration will be followed by the official Brazilica after party at Camp and Furnace from 10pm until 4am, with carnival DJs and live music continuing the party.
Maeve Morris, festival director, says: “The Carnival Parade on Saturday evening is always a real highlight of Brazilica, and I promise this year will be no exception with a host of brilliant samba and carnival bands and some truly fantastic costumes on display making it a must-see event.”
The wider Brazilica festival will run from 14-16 July, bringing a programme of Brazilian events and entertainment to the city.
This year’s festival will take place at a new venue – The Pier Head Village.