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Norwich leads the way with eco-procession plans

Published on Friday, 25th January 2019

Dance troops, community groups and local businesses are invited to start planning their entries for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Procession.

This will be the first traditional carnival of its kind to replace slow moving petrol and diesel engines with electric vehicles or alternative modes of transport.

The theme for this year’s procession is ‘love the world around you’; showcasing the natural world and the things we can do to help protect it. Back by popular demand, life-size elephant puppets will join the Lord Mayor to lead the parade through the city centre.

As well as getting creative with their costumes and routines, entrants are asked to find environmentally-responsible ways to take part. For those who may have traditionally used petrol or diesel vehicles, alternatives could be anything from electric cars, bicycles and roller-skates to rickshaws and pedal-powered floats – the more inventive the better!

Councillor Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “I am looking forward to seeing lots of innovative and exciting entries breathing new life into this year’s procession, which is all about showcasing our talented and creative residents.

“This year’s theme is about celebrating our wonderful world, as well as highlighting the small changes we can all make to look after it.”

“We want to make sure all of our events, which are enjoyed by thousands of people in the city each year, are run as sustainably as possible, and this is an important step in this journey.”

Applications to take part in the centre-piece of the city council’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration (Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July) open on Friday 1 February.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the council’s culture and events team for help and advice with planning their eco-entry over the coming months. 

The procession, which has been led by vibrant walking entries for several years, attracts an average of 65 entries, 14 of which tend to include the use of large lorries.

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.

This year’s theme will be reflected across the Lord Mayor’s Celebration weekend (Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July). Further details be will be revealed in the lead up to the event.

How to apply

Applications open on Friday 1 February. The online entry form and guidance notes will be available from this date via 

The deadline for applications is Friday 14 June.

Entries will be judged on their creative interpretation of the theme and quality.

1st prize – £300, 2nd prize – £200, 3rd prize – £150.

Three additional prizes of £100 each will also be awarded.