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Swinging to the sound of all that jazz!

A little taste of New Orleans arrived in the town centre last weekend for the third Solihull Jazz Festival.

Solihull Jazz Festival 2014
Solihull Jazz Festival 2014

A little taste of New Orleans arrived in the town centre last weekend for the third Solihull Jazz Festival.

Thousands turned out, despite the torrential downpour, to watch the traditional carnival parade on Saturday which featured more than 100 performers including Dixie jazz bands, life-size cartoon characters and stunning, giant swan and giraffe puppets.

Spectators were handed giant jazz hands and goodie bags to help them get into the Mardi Gras spirit and some of the town centre restaurants were also on hand with samples from their latest menus.

The festival was officially opened by Solihull Mayor, Coun Joe Tildesley – in one of his final engagements of the year – and he joined other guests on a special vintage double decker bus bar in Mell Square to enjoy performances from the likes of Becky Brine, Tipitina, Ricky Cool and both Kiki de Ville and Joe Keegan from BBC 1’s The Voice on two stages in Mell Square and Jubilee Gardens.

A host of musicians also performed in venues such as Touchwood, the Slug and Lettuce, The Assembly Rooms, Missoula and O’Neills.

 

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