VAMOS Newcastle Tyne Carnival brought Northumberland Street to a standstill as shoppers enjoyed the sights and sounds of the parade.
With giant papier mache models and colourful masks and costumes, the samba and salsa rhythms rang round Newcastle’s streets, drawing crowds of surprised shoppers.
VAMOS Festival celebrates Spanish and Portuguese cultures in the North East, and one of the highlights of the six week long festival is the Tyne Carnival.
As shoppers went about their day on Northumberland Street, the costumed carnival suddenly appeared out of a side street and led the crowds up to Haymarket.
There were 150 dancers, many wearing masks and colourful costumes or holding puppets, with music from World Beaters Samba Band, Burundanga, Rumba NE, the Lawnmowers, and the X-Salsa dance troupe.
It was not limited to experienced dancers, either, as members of the public could sign up to take part and were given dancing lessons to help them sway in time to the Latin beats.
Festival director Nik Barerra said: “We are delighted that the Tyne Carnival was another great success after its fantastic debut last year. We entertained thousands of visitors along Northumberland Street with the procession of musicians, dancers and giant puppets.”
Sara Lourenco, from Latino Events, who danced in the Tyne Carnival said: “I can’t wait for next year. The feeling of solidarity, community and Latino spirit was well and truly following up Northumberland Street. It has been amazing to be part of this evening evolving fiesta Latina.”
The festival continues next week with a Riverboat Carnival procession along the River Wear in Durham by American experimental musician Arto Lindsay. Taking place at 11am on Saturday July 7, it features dancers on boats and live and remixed music from brass bands, including Ferryhill Town Band and Hannabiell Sanders. The public can view the carnival from the river banks and Elvet Bridge.