Fife International Carnival brings the sights and sounds of Rio to Kirkcaldy this weekend - and you are all invited.
The second annual parade takes place on Saturday with over 10,000 people expected to turn out.
Bands are coming from across the globe to be part of the show which is FREE and promises a wealth of entertainment in the very heart of the town.
There are main stages at the Town Square, as well as peformance areas along the High Street ... it promises to be an afternoon of fantastic music and dance to get your feet tapping!
The 2014 carnival parade begins at 2.00 p.m. but get there early to soak up the atmosphere and see all the giant, colourful costumes.
This year’s event boasts over 170 performers from all over the globe to entertain the waiting crowds.
From the Junkanoos coming all the way from the Bahamas, to the Barefeet Theatre from Zambia, the carnival will capture the spirit of a New Orleans-style Mardis Gras all transported to the heart of Kirkcaldy.
The international cast will be joined by a number of local volunteers who will be taking part in one of the biggest events to come to Fife this summer.
Bring your family and friends and join in!
The full programme is in this week’s Fife Free Press:
There are two stages in the Town Square PLUS five performance areas situated along the High Street - outside the Mercat Centre entrance, at Boots, outside Marks and Spencers, at the top of Tolbooth Street and the bottom of Kirk Wynd at the Clydesdale Bank.
Town Square Centre Stage
Malay Dance: This group will delight the audiences with beautiful and traditional Malaysian-style dancing
XXL: Coming from Spain, this group will get the crowds going with an energetic performance of urban and comtemporary dance. It will be impossible to stand still!
Circo Paral Todos: An entertaining group of performers from Colombia that combines urban street dancing with circus-style acts.
Barefeet: Coming all the way from Zambia, the Barefeet Theatre group will put on a showstopping performance of dance, music and theatre.
Junkanoo Commandoos: Fresh from their hugely successful performance last year at the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ speech at the Lincoln Memorial, this group from the Bahamas will put on a bright, fun and vibrant show of music and dance for the first time ever in Scotland.
KalentuRa: Living up to its name, which means heat, this Carribean-style drum band from the Netherlands are set to deliver tropical temperatures to the streets of Kirkcaldy.
Town Square Stage 2
Fantazztico: This young Costa Rican group will combine acrobatics and circus tricks to wow the gathered crowds.
Bandakadabra: From Italy, this uplifting and fun band plays a wide range of instruments including brass, reeds and drums spanning different genres of music from wild Balkan dances to Latino style party music, get prepared to dance!
Artscape: A 14 piece music band from South Africa featuring talented young musicians from the Townships of Cape Town.
Country Boys: Bringing with them the catchy and pulsating sounds of Trinidad and Tobago, this tassa drumming group brings a surprising and summery vibe to town.
Bombrando: Hailing from Portugal, this band blends the unusual sounds of percussion with the Portuguese bagpipes to play a wide range of different music from Ravel’s Bolero to Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
Other acts performing in various places on the High Street are:
Got Skills: From the Netherlands, this urban dance sensation reflects several different cultures of dance from around the world.
Pulse of the Place: This inspiring youth samba band has plenty of rhythm and style to keep the audience thoroughly entertained.
Caploire: This jaw dropping act from Japan put on a show of hip hop double-dutch skipping. Needs to be seen to be believed!
Youth in Town: Eight talented youngsters from France put on an entertaining show of music and dance.
High Street Parade: 2.00- 2.30 p.m. Starting from Whytesecauseway and travelling along the High Street, the parade is a stunning display of music and dance and features a number of giant-sized vibrant costumes.
Come and join the party!