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The circus is coming to town!

Published on Tuesday, 6th March 2018

Roll up, roll up! This is your chance to enter a float in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Procession and help us celebrate 250 years of circus.

As the centre-piece of the city council’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration, the procession is expected to attract about 70 floats, 2,000 participants and 25,000 spectators on Saturday 7 July.

Norwich will be celebrating 250 years of circus throughout 2018 after being named one of the UK’s ‘Six Cities of Circus’ for recognition of its rich circus heritage.

If you’re looking to be a part of the UKs second oldest carnival for 2018 then now’s the perfect time to submit your entry form for a float in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Procession.
The one-mile route winds its way through the heart of Norwich from Newmarket Road to St Martins at Palace Plain via St Stephens, Castle Meadow, and Tombland.
Helen Selleck, the city council’s culture and events manager, said: “This year’s procession theme is ‘The circus comes to town’ as this is the year we are celebrating Circus 250.  It can relate to the telling of a story, be it old or new, real or make believe.
“We encourage you to tell your own story which can be as fantastical, far-fetched or funny as you like. Stories can be from the past, present or future. The choice is yours! And you can plan ahead by submitting your entry form now.”

Floats will be judged on their creative interpretation of the theme and quality.
1st prize – £300; 2nd prize – £200; 3rd prize – £150. There will also be three additional prizes of £100 each.
How to apply
Complete an online entry form and submit your payment via
The application deadline is Friday 15 June. Full guidance notes for entries are available on the above webpage.

Entry fee
• £30 (inc VAT) for non-commercial floats
• £225 (incl VAT) for commercial floats