NEWS: Brazilica 2012 hailed a success as sun shines on Samba festival

Almost 100,000 people witnessed the glittering Samba fuelled spectacle Brazilica at the weekend and organisers Liverpool Carnival Company and Orb Events are delighted with the success of what has become the UK’s largest Brazilian carnival event. Thousands of people lined the carnival route as the prosession of noise and colour weaved its way through the streets before joining the party at Williamson Square.

Maeve Morris of Liverpool Carnival Company said: “We promised Brazilica would be back bigger and better for 2012 after last year’s success and I’m delighted to say the weekend exceeded all our expectations. The people of Liverpool and visitors from around the globe showed they can party Rio style, the city has taken samba to its heart and given performers from far and wide a great welcome. Roll on Brazilica 2013!”

Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “Brazilica is fast becoming a firm favourite in Liverpool’s events calendar and it certainly brought the sunshine to the city centre this weekend.”

A sun soaked Williamson Square played host to the Juice FM Main Stage with bands and singers from as far away as Singapore and Brazil entertaining a packed crowd throughout Saturday afternoon and evening. Liverpool Live TV presenter Ben Osu who introduced the acts throughout the day said: “It’s been a fantastic day for all the family, bringing a great sense of Brazil into the city”

Over 500 performers participated in a spectacular Saturday evening Carnival Parade which saw colourful floats and sparkling dance and samba groups from far and wide cascade through packed City Centre streets. Starting in Abercrombie Square, the parade stopped traffic and passers by as it moved along Hope Street and onto Hardman Street before heading down Bold St and ending with a fantastic finale in Williamson Square.

Bold Street retailers, bars and eateries brought a touch of carnival magic to their businesses for the weekend, with many offering special themed menus and dressing their windows in a vibrant Latin style.

Ged Gibbons, Chief Executive of City Central BID (one of the funders of Brazilica) said: ”To see thousands upon thousands of families enjoying Brazilica was a wonderful sight and shows why Liverpool is such a popular destination. With Brouhaha and City Steps it was a true carnival weekend and the atmosphere was electric. The really exciting thing for everyone is that there’s even more great events still to come to the city centre this summer as part of our Summer of Love campaign.”

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