By Staff

DUBAI: It’s all happening at the DSF Carnival at Emaar Boulevard, the long and well-known thoroughfare in Downtown Dubai, and a key destination of Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF).

The popular DSF Carnival with its spectacular parade of eye-catching costumes, festive drumbeats, enchanting characters and lively performances stopped shoppers and visitors in their tracks, as they watched and cheered its debut offering coinciding with the opening of DSF.

More than 100 street performers will take over the Boulevard every weekend to create a festive atmosphere in line with DSF’s family theme ‘One World – One Family – One Festival.’

The DSF Carnival is set to draw huge crowds, especially since it has the potential to woo thousands of shoppers from nearby Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination. The mall, which overlooks Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, attracted a record of over 54 million visitors in 2011, according to recently published figures.

Held only during the weekends, from Thursday-Saturday, the DSF Carnival transforms the entire Boulevard into a place of fun and great merry-making generated by performers, who have flown into Dubai from all over the world to put on some astonishing acts whether they be jugglers, stilt-walkers, unicyclists, acrobats, dancers or musicians.

As the vibrant and colourful face of the festival, and as a part of this year’s festival slogan ‘Dubai at its Best,’ the DSF Carnivals concept has been further enhanced this year with new and exciting activities like parades featuring performers in themed attire such as the swan costumes and inflatable attire.

Special DSF Groups have been created, each of them representing a specific theme, as they show off their dazzling attire. It will be entertainment galore from the DSF Drummers Group, DSF Clown Group and the DSF Marine Group made up of stilt walkers in costumes resembling creatures of the underwater world.

Visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the line-up of interactive activities that have been put together by the skilled performers to keep families and children engaged and entertained. The performers will represent different continents, and during weekdays, they will split into smaller groups and then spread out to perform in participating malls across Dubai. More info