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Rio’s carnival spirit hits Blacon

5 July 2016
Residents in the party spirit at Blacon festival

With the Rio 2016 Olympics just around the corner, residents of Blacon have got into the party spirit at this year’s community festival.

The annual Blacon Festival

The biggest community-led annual festival in Chester, organised by local social enterprise Avenue Services, saw people flock to Queen Elizabeth Fields on Blacon Avenue on Saturday 2 July.

Dressed in an array of vibrant and colourful attire, primary school children from across the area opened the festival with a Brazilian-style parade starting at the Enterprise Centre, closely followed behind by a samba band performing music to provide a carnival atmosphere.

The festival was officially opened by Chester MP Chris Matheson before a 30-minute musical theatre performance from local children, fittingly entitled ‘The Olympic Torch’. 

Visitors were able to enjoy an exciting array of activities, including football tournaments, a children’s assault course, skateboard ramp riders and a fun fair. There were also performances from singers, cheer leaders and American footballers, plus a children’s entertainer, including magic tricks and balloon shaping.

“Great to see so many people celebrating”

Paul Knight, head of Avenue Services, said: “This year’s festival was a huge success and it was great to see so many people celebrating and getting into the party spirit. Being able to celebrate the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, in addition to such a wide range of activities and entertainment we had on offer, brought everyone together and there was a real sense of community and enjoyment.”

Take a look at our Facebook photo album to see pictures from this years Blacon Festival.