Commuters on Manchester’s Metrolink network were transported to Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, as samba dancers and drummers brought the sights and sounds of the Brazil carnival to their morning commute.
A colourful carnival atmosphere complete with Brazilian samba dancers in feather headdresses, wings and vibrant sequins were joined by traditional drummers to bring the party atmosphere to the tramline. Bound for the Etihad Stadium, the flamboyant procession was in town to revel with Manchester City fans onboard, as the Club celebrate all things Brazil with the introduction of their ‘Touch of Brazil’ exhibition within their Stadium & Club Tour.
Tram carriages packed full of City fans enjoyed the lively surprise as they journeyed towards the Etihad Stadium ahead of City’s game against Monaco that evening. Fun face masks of the teams Brazilian players, Fernandinho, Elano and Gabriel Jesus were handed out to jubilant fans to shine a light on the Club’s history of Brazilian talent.
Launched in line with Brazil’s national carnival and running throughout half term to offer Manchester families something different to do, ‘A Touch of Brazil’ graces the Etihad Stadium in celebration of Brazilian players, past and present.
From Elano to Gabriel Jesus and Robinho to Fernandino, a number of Brazilian stars have lifted City fans off their seats over the years and the new tour gives fans the chance to celebrate those memories. Supporters visiting the tour between 18-26 February can enjoy a bespoke Brazilian themed exhibition space and enter a competition to win a signed Gabriel Jesus shirt.
Once immersed on the tour, visitors get the chance to explore the Club’s heritage through unique memorabilia and interactive displays, giving fans the chance to relive City’s greatest moments and truly discover what makes Manchester City the club that it is today.
Manchester City’s Stadium & Club Tour is a 70 minute professionally guided tour of the Club and Etihad Stadium. Tickets for the tour cost £17 per adult, £11 per child aged 5-16 and £12 for concessions. ‘A Touch of Brazil’ runs until Sunday 26th February with the non bespoke tour resuming from Monday 27th February. Please see the website for dates.