Norwich’s own Mardi Gras set for September

Keeping the Mardi Gras spirit, organisers putting out an appeal to get more sponsors and volunteers

Keeping the Mardi Gras spirit, organisers putting out an appeal to get more sponsors and volunteers on board for the Earlham Park event in September. Photo: Steve Adams

It will be carnival time in Norwich his September as the date has been set for Norwich's first Mardi Gras.

Keeping the Mardi Gras spirit - Tony Alessi, right, and Nick Willoughby are among the organisers put

Keeping the Mardi Gras spirit - Tony Alessi, right, and Nick Willoughby are among the organisers putting out an appeal to get more sponsors and volunteers on board for the Earlham Park event in September. Photo: Steve Adams

Earlham Park will host Norwich Mardi Gras on September 14 and organisers are seeking support from the local community help make the city's first such event one to remember.

Bernice Fair-Graham, Norwich Mardi Gras team chairman, said 'We are ecstatic that the event has got the thumbs-up and September 14 has been confirmed.

'The event is to be held at Earlham Park near the University of East Anglia and will include a fun fair, a main stage featuring bands and cabaret acts, along with market stalls, a dance tent, dance troops and places to eat and drink.

'The aim is to bring people together to have a fun-filled day.'


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She added that a lot of support had already been shown by local individuals, groups and businesses, but there was still time for more people to get involved.

'The event is being run as on an entirely not-for-profit basis and we need all the help we can get over the next few months to make the day unforgettable,' she added.

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'We're looking for individuals, community groups and local businesses to come on board and support us.'

Norwich Mardi Gras is being organised by a group from the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans) community with the aim of uniting people by providing a day of fun and entertainment for all.

The event will also be fundraising for the East Coast Truckers children's charity.

There are lots of way businesses can get involved, from sponsorship to having a stall. Find out more at a business open evening on Monday, at 7.30pm at the Catherine Wheel, in St Augustine's Street. To confirm attendance call 07765 007710 or email info@norwichmardigras.co.uk

Find out more about being a Norwich Mardi Gras volunteer at an open evening at the Catherine Wheel on Thursday, July 4 at 7.30pm. Visit www.norwichmardigras.co.uk

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