The Lord Mayor’s Procession and Celebrations in Norwich is fast approaching as Norwich’s city centre prepares for a weekend of colourful floats and character parades.
This year’s celebrations run from this Friday through to Sunday with the procession taking place on Saturday. The theme for this year’s procession is ‘circus’, so expect lively festivities filled with billowing flags, clowns, jugglers, dancers, acrobats and five life sized elephant puppets. This theme was picked as a result of Norwich being one of the six Cities of Circus, celebrating 250 years since the birth of the world’s very first circus.
Norwich City Council’s events and culture manager, Helen Selleck said:
“This year’s Lord Mayor’s Celebration is shaping up to be really special. Everyone involved is really embracing the Circus 250 theme and there will be a great mix of live entertainment that everyone can enjoy around the city centre.”
The celebrations continue over the weekend with spectacular events such as the Gas Hill Gasp, where cyclists pound up the city’s steepest hill, and The Lord Major’s 5k road race. The whole family will be entertained by the music, theatre, comedy, food and stunning firework show spanning across the weekend.
Further circus themed celebrations will continue on the following weekend as Chapelfield gardens host the Chapelfield Summer Circus, organised by Norwich-based Lost in Translation Circus.
For all of the hand-picked acts selected to appear in the Chapelfield Summer Circus, this will be their first time performing in Norwich. The acts have been collectively chosen from a selection of international contemporary circus shows.
By celebrating Circus250, we are highlighting and commending Norwich’s circus heritage, including the fact that Norwich is the birthplace of Pablo Fanque, the first black British circus owner, whose circus was among the most popular in Victorian Britain.
The Lord Major’s Procession will be held on Saturday 7th July 2018 between 17:00 to 19:30. The parade spans from St Stephens Street, Castle Meadow, Tombland to Whitefriars St.