To commemorate the 14-18 movement and the 100 year anniversary of the first world war Liverpool hosted a piece of quintessential British street art on a whole new scale as three giant marionettes took to the streets of the city. More than one million people have been confirmed to have attended the parade of the three giants.
After parading through the city and past the docks the little girl and the Grandma “went to bed” and returned to the Albert Dock as sleeping giants to be put on the boat and sailing off up the river Mersey. The dog is based in England and was left to wow the crowds as the others began their accent.
Whilst being hoisted onto their barges the giants, the street performers, and all involved were met by a raucous of applause from the thousands strong crowd, who were still being blasted by confetti and soaked with an old-style water cannon.
The Giants Spectacular has been organised by French theatre company Royal de Luxe, and the Grandma is meant to be the Queen-like figure. The last Giants in the city were in 2012 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
The Giants have been given a back story for the Spectacular and the Grandmother, the Queen, is meant to be the wise Giant, sitting telling the little girl stories alongside her dog.
Along with the Giant themselves the Sunday, July 27, parade saw street drummers on double decker cars, military marching, Scottish bagpipers, and a giant symbol to capture the audience. The symbols were powered by performers jumping off the back of a moving vehicle.
You can find out more about the Giant Spectacular here.
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