Carnival Time – West End Style

west end carnival

Clap your hands, strut your stuff and get ready to party!

Sunday 8 June is when Glasgow’s west end transforms into a little slice of Brazilian heaven.

The Carnival Parade, highlight of the West End Festival, is back and it’s going to be better than ever – especially if you avoid the traffic jams and get there by Subway.

On Sunday afternoon, Byres Road will be closed to traffic and jumping to the sound of drums and salsa bands.

The parade will feature over 500 people in weird and wonderful costumes. From sequins and feathers to Lycra and stripes, it’s time to dress up and sing, dance and party.

Glittery outfits, steel drums, feathered head dresses – it’s all going to be on display – no matter what the weather chooses to bring our way.

Local community groups and businesses have been working hard to put on parade displays to wow the crowds and get everyone into the carnival spirit.

Six bands will be providing the rousing live music and the route will be lined with 60 unique and crafty stalls.

For everyone in need of refreshment, there will be street food, street drinks plus all the regular Byres Road bars, cafes and watering holes.

The parade didn’t happen last year because of the rising costs of road closures, security and cleaning up.

But due to local demand and with a helping hand from the Commonwealth Games’ funds, the much-loved afternoon of west end fun and fiesta is back.

The parade starts in the Botanic Gardens at 3pm, winds its way down Byres Road and finishes at the Kelvingrove Art Galleries at 4.15pm.

Byres Road will be closed to traffic for most of the afternoon and the junctions at the top and bottom of the road will probably see heavy traffic queues.

But you can save yourself a headache by leaving the car at home and arrive for the party by Subway.

All our stations are open and operating as usual.

So dust down your sequins, bring along a whistle and all together now: aaaaaaarriba!