Deadline looms to enter floats into Lord Mayor’s Norwich street procession

The deadline to enter a float into this year's Lord Mayor's street procession is fast approaching.

The jewel in the crown of the Lord Mayor's Celebrations will start from 5pm on Saturday, July 9, and money raised will go to this year's civic charity, the Big C.

The fanfare and carnival feel of the street procession has become the highlight of the summer event for many but those wishing to be a part of the street party must get their applications in by tomorrow.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council and cabinet member for culture and events, is already looking forward to the procession in less than a month's time.

She said: 'The Lord Mayor's Celebrations is all about celebrating Norwich and the people that make it what it is – individuals, families, community groups and businesses.

'Saturday's street procession is the highlight of the weekend and a chance to shine for anyone who takes part.

'There's not long left to get entries in, so if anyone still has to get their forms in to take part, please make sure you do it soon so you don't miss out.'

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Previous years have seen a pirate ship, Alice in Wonderland and Dancing Queens taking part. And this year the council is on the hunt for as many people as possible to make the event bigger and better than ever.

Helen Selleck, culture and events manager at Norwich City Council, added: 'The Lord Mayor's parade is the biggest attraction over the celebration weekend. It covers a huge area of the city and is just so much fun.

'It really is a case of the more the merrier; the more groups there are, the more there is for people to see, and those taking part in the procession will get more support from the crowds.

'We're not setting a theme this year to encourage people to be as creative as possible. We really want to see everyone's carnival spirit, whether it's through dance or crazy costumes, the more fun the better.'

To be part of the street procession download a form from www.norwich.gov.uk, call 01603 212136 or email events@norwich.gov.uk to request a hard copy and return it by tomorrow.

For the latest events log on to www.norwich.gov.uk or search for 'Norwich City Council events' on Facebook.

Are you planning a big event in Norwich? Call reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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