The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade

This piece has been produced by Invisible Wind Factory in partnership with The Kazimier. 

A submarine research vessel explores the deep sea, its mission: an underwater life of happiness, making friends in a world where everyone lives in unity. Our trusty seafarers and their friends symbolise the partnership with Liverpool and Ukraine, the global Eurovision community and the unity it brings.

The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade will take over the city centre on Friday 5 May, and will see an underwater sea disco come to life on the city streets as a new magical world called Aquatopia is created.

Featuring a glitterball puffer fish, a drumming octopus, a crew of skating jellyfish, voguing Sea Queens plus many more creatures of the sea and of course a blue and yellow submarine.  The parade will start at 6pm at Williamson Square, and will travel in a loop along Whitechapel, up Church Street and along Basnett Street. It will head back to Williamson Square at approximately 7.45pm, for an epic finale moment.

Members of the public are encouraged to follow the parade and are urged to embrace the theme and dress in underwater fancy dress as well!

Inspired by the United By Music theme and symbolising partnership and community, hundreds of performers, musicians and community groups will be involved including LGBTQ+ groups, dance companies, asylum seekers as well as local organisations such as Katumba and Movema.

As with all the host city events, there is significant Ukrainian involvement with the submarine doubling as a stage for a newly formed band made up of star vocalist Sofia Pavlichenko (front woman of Freedom Jazz), Bozhena Hamar (Ukrainian ethnic flute virtuoso) and Liverpool’s Dogshow brothers Sam and Laurie Crombie performing euro classics in an ethno-Ukraine techno mashup.

Accessibility Information

  • As this is taking place in an outdoor space, there are no toilet facilities and the area where the parade will be taking place is on level ground and wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that there will be some loud music and special effects as part of the parade and large crowds are expected to gather along the parade route.
  • Special effects include haze and smoke