Rio De Janeiro in Brazil and New Orleans in the US already have it – and Norwich could be next.

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Norwich Mardi Gras is a new event for the city – set up by 17 volunteers from the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans) community – and aimed at the whole community.

The aim is to create an annual Mardi-style event for the city and beyond with the same flamboyance and spectacle associated with the carnival around the world – and with Norwich’s annual Gay Pride event. Having been given the go-ahead by Norwich City Council, the first Norwich Mardi Gras is set to take place at Earlham Park in September 2013.

The community group behind the plans is looking to engage with local companies for sponsorship and also for assistance with its fundraising events prior to the big day.

Leon Potter, from the Norwich Mardi Gras team, said: “LGBT events, and Mardi Gras, have always been fun and colourful and we’re hoping to bring these elements to Norwich and include all members of the community.

“Planned as a party in the park with a funfair, stages featuring local bands and cabaret artists along with market stalls, a dance tent, refreshments, dance troops and street-style entertainment – the emphasis being on a fun day and evening for all.”

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to France and on to New Orleans in Louisiana.

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Popular practices associated with Mardi Gras include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sport competitions and parades.

The group’s first fundraising event is a Vegas-style casino fun night at the Holiday Inn Norwich Airport on Friday, November 9.

Tickets, priced £17.50 per person, include some start-up gaming chips along with a hot and cold buffet. There will also be prizes to win on the night.

Tickets can be bought online at www.norwichmardigras.co.uk or at two Norwich pubs, The Murderers in Timberhill and the Catherine Wheel in St Augustine’s Street.

For more details like the Facebook page facebook.com/norwichmardigras or see the website www.norwichmardigras.co.uk

14 comments

  • Wow,Norwich to become a party mecca like Rio.How exciting! I can see the immediate similarity between Earlham Park and Copacabana beach.It's surely just a matter of time until we have the Olympics in the city as well....

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    Nexus_6

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • People going to a party up in Earlham Park is hardly thrusting themselves in your face George. How on earth do you cope with Sparks in the Park? And I missed the bit in the article about laundry facilities there for the DIRTY washing. I think it sound great, but I won't be taking my dirty washing up there - its a party!

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    BigAl

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Here we go again!people get off there backsides to do something and the losers who comment on here day in and day out start whining,You lot are the biggest joke in Norwich do you have jobs?do you pay tax?I ask because the comments page seems to be your only life,your only outlet trying to cause arguments,And what do the people you so despise do?well they go to their well paid jobs driving their flash new cars,they eat out in the good restaurants of this city,they enjoy exotic holidays abroad because most gay people have a higher disposable income and its a well known fact how much the pink pound is worth to a business,oh yes and you do what is it again?oh I see spend your life making arguments on a local newspapers comments page...gosh I bet the LGBT people of norfolk are quaking in their shoes

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    Angrybird

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Mardi Gras in September. Ha ha ha. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday and all the great Mardi Gras celebrations are held at that time, Rio, Trinidad, New Orleans. Something tells me that a knees up in Earlham Park in September is never going to acquire quite the same reputation. Mind you if they did hold it at the correct time the pasty fleshed party goers would need loads and loads of feather - to keep warm.

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    alecto

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Its Lardy Gras every night in Chicagos

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    robotsthatcare

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Yes, if it's real dusky Brazilian young ladies..no if it's geezers all looking like mutton with their bum hanging out...simples!

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    nrg

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Agree with your pink pound comment angrybird, tis why rent boyz exist in Norwich .

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    nrg

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

  • Mardi Gras in September ? Fat Tuesday is usually in February or March. Is this just an excuse for LGBT to thrust themselves into the faces of us who are simply enjoying ourselves as we are? I do not run around showing off my durty washing and I do not want to see yours.

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    George Ezekial

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • NIMBYs RULE !!!! YOU Saddos... Why are you so against anybody who dares to enjoy life and want to PARRRRTTTYYY

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    hrtdriver

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Well there's bound to be much "overturning of social conventions", if that's the current euphemism.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • The atheist's have hi jacked Christmas,Easter,All Hallows Day.Now the hedonist set want to rearrange the date of the period before Lent..Sorry LGBT you just don't get it.

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    PaulH

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • The atheist's have hi jacked Christmas,Easter,All Hallows Day.Now the hedonist set want to rearrange the date of the period before Lent..Sorry LGBT you just don't get it.

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    PaulH

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • The atheist's have hi jacked Christmas,Easter,All Hallows Day.Now the hedonist set want to rearrange the date of the period before Lent..Sorry LGBT you just don't get it.

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    PaulH

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Camping it up in Earlham Park in September with the LGBT,s Could be chilly around the houses of parliament..Never mind Norwich City ratepayers will help fund this nonsense

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    PaulH

    Friday, October 26, 2012

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