Order Summer Carnival Street Parade and candidates Battle of Drums announced

14-5-2019
Street parade

The order of the wildly popular part of Rotterdam Unlimited - the Summer Carnival Street Parade – have been announced! On Saturday 27 July, 25 carnival groups, consisting of 2500 people with more than 25 nationalities, will participate in the colorful parade. Led by the Summer Carnival Queen, who is elected on July 6, the no less than 2.5 km long parade will swing through the city center of Rotterdam. Just like last year, the parade does not cross the Coolsingel due to maintenance.

The festive parade will take off at Blaak, then proceeds through the Schiedamsedijk. Schilderstraat, Witte de Withstraat, past the Museumpark to the Nieuwe Binnenweg, and then ending up again at Blaak via the Mauritsweg, the Weena, the Kruiskade, the Karel Doormanstraat and Westblaak. The various stages, of which the performances of, among others, The New Power Generation, Femi Kuti and Frenna & 777 Band, can be found this year on Hofplein, Weena and Schouwburgplein.

Number   Name participant
1.               La Lindas
2.               Brassband Dreamteam
3.               Queen Zomercarnaval 2019
4.               Blends Carnival Group uit Rotterdam, thema ' BLENDS2K19'
5.               Grupo Pashon Exotico uit IJsselstein, thema 'Welcome to my Fantasy'
6.               Dordtse Diamanten uit Dordrecht, thema 'Fantasy of the Carrousel'
7.               Bolivia Minka uit Purmerend, thema 'La Llamerada'
11.             Stichting Sun for Life uit Capelle a/d IJssel, thema 'Pride Meermaids'
12.             Cabo Verde Chegou uit Spijkenisse, thema 'The Power of Africa'
13.             Caribbean Jewels uit Den Haag, thema 'Beyond the Solar System'
14.             Politie Steelband
16.             Fédération Carnaval Tropical de Paris uit Parijs, thema 'Craziness of Carninval'
17.             La Diferencia uit Rotterdam, thema 'Aloha Luau'
18.             The Challengers uit Eindhoven, thema 'Hi Go Go'
19.             Nova Carnival Group uit Rotterdam, thema 'Let Them Eat Cake'
20.             Sambagroep Timbao
21.             Royal Carnaval Crew uit Rotterdam, thema 'The Royal Recycle Family'
22.             Las Manias Carnavalgroup uit Almere, thema 'Kings and Queens of Egypt'
23.             Precious Carnival Group uit Rotterdam, thema 'Delfts Blauw goes Tropical'
27.             People’s Choice uit Spijkenisse, thema 'Indian Warriors'
28.             Hoe Eerlijk Hoe Beter uit Capelle a/d IJssel, thema 'Burlesque Moulin Rouge Time'
29.             Shining Stars uit Alkmaar, thema 'Let's Play Chess'
30.             Royale Kingdom uit Dordrecht, thema 'Royale Kingdom goes Rio'
32.             Colombia uit Gorinchem, thema 'Parade Feest'
33.             Trinidad Connection & Friends uit Amsterdam, thema 'Carnival is...'
34.             Sorpresa uit Tilburg, thema 'Cirque du Dolphin'
35.             Caribbean Love uit Eindhoven, thema 'The 7th Heaven'
37.             Awókey Mas Freedom Limerz, uit Rotterdam, thema 'The Revelation of Angels & Jab Jab'
38.             Sparkling Mix uit Utrecht, thema 'Sparkling Mix Presents: Butterfly Fantasy 2019'
39.             Bin Bo Bula Adenter uit Amersfoort, thema 'The Colour of Music: Our Universal Language'
40.             Small Island Unity uit Rozenburg, thema 'Colors of the Wind'
41.             Brassband Unicum Brass

Battle of Drums
The Battle of Drums will also shake the streets of the center of Rotterdam! On Saturday, July 6, during the Dias Latinos festival in Amersfoort (July 5 to 7) the preliminary round of the Battle of Drums will be held. The following brass bands will take part in the preliminary round: SLR, Dreamteam, Talent 4 Music, All-in 1 and Ritmo Percussion from Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Lelystad. The best three will compete for the title of "Best Brass Band Summer Carnival 2019" in Rotterdam during Rotterdam Unlimited. The preliminary round is preceded by a spectacular performance by the kids of the Rotterdam Brass Band School.

On Friday 26 July, the three young, ambitious brass bands will depart from different starting points in Rotterdam, towards the stage at Hofplein. A trip full of spectacle, show and especially a huge load of energy. The brass bands meet at Hofplein and take on the ultimate battle there. This results in the most unique event in the Netherlands, which many look forward to throughout the year.

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