Giant Spectacular in Liverpool
30th July 2014
Last weekend we had some giant puppets in Liverpool. Three giant puppets walked through the streets of Liverpool to mark the centenary of the first World War. There was a little girl and her dog (Xolo) and her grandma (who I didn’t get to see).
Here is Xolo looking straight at me. I know this is going to sound crazy but the giants were so life-like. Their movements were so fluid, just like they were real. The dog would pant with his tongue out, and his ears and tail would move.
Finding somewhere to watch the parade was madness. We were originally going to watch it by the docks, but we arrived there over two hours early and the amount of people waiting there already was ridiculous. In the end, we moved up towards Dale Street (closer to our flat) where we managed to get in the second row of the crowd. We didn’t get to see the Grandma as she was on a separate route.
And this is the Little Girl. Just to give you an idea, the grandma was a lot taller than the girl. Many people have said to me that the giants look scary. I can totally understand that just from looking at a picture, but up close they are nothing more than amazing and beautiful. People found it emotional, which I can imagine it would be when the giants were reunited. The girl and the grandma even hugged!
If the giants were to return (this was their second time in Liverpool) and you were interested in visiting for them, I’d highly advice avoiding public transport on the day. We were lucky in that we could walk 5 minutes down the road to watch the parade, but public transport was badly managed in the city and people had to wait for over an hour just to get into the train station. I read one story in which a woman arrived at the train station at 8pm and didn’t get home until after 2am because of the trains!