By Peter Alagos
The Souq Waqif Celebrations 2015 concluded yesterday with the same fanfare that impressed spectators when it started on April 10.
Thousands of visitors witnessed a variety of activities that entertained both the young and the young at heart during the eight-day celebrations.
Two of the biggest attractions –the “Souq Waqif Wrestling Championship” exhibition matches featuring WWE wrestling superstars at Al Ahmed Square and performances of “Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramid” at Al Rayyan Theatre – had made early curtain calls on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Yesterday’s celebration started with a series of street performances.
The Souq Alley came alive around 4pm as performances by Alfonso Rios, Colour Brigade, and Toys Parade wowed the crowd, mostly children. Many visitors were thrilled to watch a rope walker make his way between two buildings.
Another attraction was a parade of stilt walkers and mirror men. Children and their parents rushed in to get a close-up view of the performers, who briefly stopped their street performances for selfies and photos.
The highlight of last night’s celebrations was a musical performance by Salman Zayman.
Meanwhile, championship matches of the Al Dama board games will culminate today at the Majilis Al Dama, according to a staff member of the Souq Waqif Information Centre.
The staffer told Gulf Times that as the Scooby-Doo show and the WWE matches had proved so popular, there was a possibility that they would be repeated for the next Spring Festival and Eid al-Adha.
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