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Issue:- 5August 2009

Liverpool Carnival '09

IT was on last Saturday, 1 August 2009 that the Liverpool Carnival Company Presented, in Liverpool, its second Samba Carnival run by the Liverpool Carnival Company. This was a resplendent, noisy and colourful parade, which was much appreciated by the crowd lined City streets.

It started ,on time, on a cool, dry, late but windy evening. There were several floats, which were splendidly decorated; however, sadly, some other gorgeous floats could not take part due to the wind. The sculptures on the mobile floats were beautiful and in keeping with the theme.

The spectators joined in the fun of the event taking pictures, dancing and generally swayed to the various bands' samba beat. One of the spectators was heard to remark that it was a grand show, but he was just getting into the rhythm of it and it had all passed by. That was the only sad thing about it, for it seemed to be much smaller in length than last year's, yet there were more performers taking part. One of the scantily dressed performers was heard to say, as she passed the bombed out church, "Oh I'm so cold!" Yes, the costumes were fabulous and exciting to the eye. Those taking part, kept going with their spirited gyrations; amazingly, they managed to last the twisting, up and down hilly route from Cambridge Road to the Chinese Arch.

Many people were saying that they would come again to see it next year.   Lets hope 2010 it is as warm as it was in 2008, unlike this year!  Well done all those who took part, and well done the Merseyside Police and Paramount Security in the way they kept the non-participating traffic moving. 'Thank you' who planned and organised the event, it was most enjoyable.

Video footage of the event will be uploaded very soon to our Southport.TV website, so keep any eye on it!  Also it will have a few more photographs on it!

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