Carnival event offers inspiration for Norwich’s Lord Mayor’s Procession

Speakers, front from left, Mia Harris, Andrew Prewer, and Pax Nindi, at a Carnival Inspiration Day,

Speakers, front from left, Mia Harris, Andrew Prewer, and Pax Nindi, at a Carnival Inspiration Day, aiming to inspire and give ideas for designing and creating entries for the Lord Mayor's procession. With them are Marcus Patteson, director of NORCA, and Emma Stevens, procession co-ordinator for the City Council. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

People are being encouraged to be extra creative with their floats for this year's Lord Mayor's Street Procession through Norwich.

The Lord Mayor's Celebration 2015 procession passes through the centre of Norwich. Photo : Steve Ada

The Lord Mayor's Celebration 2015 procession passes through the centre of Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

The colourful parade takes place every summer to celebrate our city and Lord Mayor, and a special Carnival Inspiration Day was held at the Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday to help people start planning their entry into the 2016 procession.

A number of carnival experts took part in the day, including Pax Nindi from Global Carnival Centre, Andrew Prewer, a float designer from Bridgwater Carnival, and costume specialist Mia Harris. There was also a 'Brazil meet Cuba' night of music to round off the event.

Marcus Patteson, director of Norca (Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts) which ran Saturday's event in partnership with Norwich City Council, said: 'In the morning we looked at British carnival and context, and in the afternoon we looked at inspirational ideas and finished with a big discussion.'

He added: 'There's a really good buzz about the Lord Mayor's Procession. We want to get people thinking about their costumes and music and floats. We want to get people inspired to make it even more of an event for the audience.'

Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2015 procession passing through Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Lord Mayor's Celebrations 2015 procession passing through Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant


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Emma Stevens, culture and events assistant at Norwich City Council and procession coordinator, added: 'The procession gives people an opportunity to showcase what they are about. Whether it's a community group, a business, a dance school, it gives them a chance to celebrate what they are about but also Norwich itself.'

She said there was a good number of people already signed up to be in this year's procession.

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People have until June 13 to apply, but Mrs Stevens encouraged people to sign up as soon as possible so that they have more time to think about their procession entry.

She said there was no specific theme but that people needed to embrace 'the spirit of carnival.'

This year's procession will be staged on Saturday, July 2. To apply to take part, visit www.norwich.gov.uk

Do you have an arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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