Local community groups, schools and businesses from across Norwich are being encouraged to join in the Procession during this year’s Lord Mayor’s Weekend.
The three-day summer celebration, which will run from Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July, will be a feast for the senses with the streets buzzing with colourful carnival spirit and rhythms, a talented array of free music and performance, entertainment and tasty food, with the sounds, sights, voices and tastes of the city showing off the very best that Norwich and Norfolk have to offer.
The Procession will take place on Saturday 8 July, starting at 3pm, with spectacular displays from dancers, acrobats, bands and brightly-costumed walking groups wending their way through the city from Notre Dame on Surrey Street to the Cathedral. The theme for this year’s procession is the Sights of the City, with participants asked to use their imaginations to conjure up what Norwich means to them.
Local organisations, community groups and businesses, as well as schools, pre-schools and colleges are invited to apply to be part of this historic occasion - the second oldest carnival procession in the UK which began in medieval times. To join the procession, simply to fill in the entry form at www.norwich.gov.uk/lmw by Friday 16 June.
However, the party spirit doesn’t end there. Music, poetry and delicious Norfolk food will on offer around the city throughout the day. The Sounds of the City stage in Chapelfield Gardens will feature an array of performers during the afternoon from 12 noon onwards, running into the evening with the Wild Paths Festival presenting three major acts and the Mysabar offering refreshments.
Meanwhile, the City Hall Stage will play host to Voices of the City, featuring superstar poets, comedy and storytelling, a special performance from a collective of young voices from across the city, a fabulous choir and world champion beatboxers.
Tastes of the City will serve up the finest selection of tasty treats from local producers.
Clare Hubery, leisure and cultural services manager, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Weekend is a vibrant community occasion for everyone to come together and celebrate all the amazing things Norwich and Norfolk has to offer. The Procession this year takes the theme of ‘The Sights of the City’, so it would be wonderful to include as many aspects of that from all corners of the city so that every part of our community is represented.”