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13 July 2012

Rio and Hackney collaborate for colourful parade

THE most spectacular street parade that Hackney has ever seen will take place on Saturday, 21 July, to welcome the Olympic torch to the borough.

All eyes will be on the 1,500-strong One Hackney Festival parade when performers and artists from Rio join local groups such as Tropical Isles and Paraiso to deliver a spectacular combination of dance, music and costume.

The parade will begin at 10.30am, when a single horse-drawn Hackney cab leaves Pitfield Street, Shoreditch, to make its way up Kingsland Road. The parade will feature 15 floats, including six ‘soundscapes’– which tell the story of Hackney – as it travels along a 2.8 mile route through Hoxton and Dalston, arriving at Stoke Newington Church Street just before 2pm.

Sounds along the route will range from electro, Afrobeat and party vibes, to music inspired by Carnival tradition. Joining local DJs and musicians, is a 35-strong troupe of top musicians from Brazil, who are coming over specially to take part in the parade.

The Rio-London collaboration, delivered by Create London on behalf of the London 2012 Festival, includes samba groups from Rio, such as Fundicao Progresso’s Monobloco and Sargento Pimienta (Sergeant Pepper – a Beatles tribute act) and the leading disabled carnival group, Embaixadores da Alegria.

There will also be plenty of entertainment throughout the borough, including the arrival of the Olympic torch at Shoreditch High Street just before 4pm. The torch relay will end at around 6.30pm when the last Hackney torchbearer hands over the flame to Waltham Forest.

For more info, visit: http://onehackneyfestival.co.uk/

Local performers will join artists from Rio for the One Hackney Festival parade

Local performers will join artists from Rio for the One Hackney Festival parade

Local performers will join artists from Rio for the One Hackney Festival parade All eyes will be on the 2,000-strong One Hackney Festival parade Local carnival group Paraiso have been working with Rio performers

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