Come along and celebrate our city at the procession, says Lord Mayor

Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Lord Mayor's Celebration procession 2014. Photo by Simon Finlay. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Following the launch of our campaign to ensure this year's Lord Mayor's Procession is the best one yet, current Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock explains what the event means to her, and calls for people to join in the fun.

It's such an honour to be chosen as Lord Mayor of our fine city and, there's no doubt about it, the Lord Mayor's Procession is the absolute highlight.

What better way to bring people together than a true carnival-style celebration that's free, fun and offers entertainment for all the family.

Last summer, I felt a great sense of pride as I walked at the head of the parade, seeing the crowds smiling and waving. It was a great way to show off our city, with other civic dignitaries from across Norfolk walking in the procession with me, soaking up the wonderful atmosphere as we went.

I had some lovely feedback saying how much they enjoyed themselves – it was a chance for us all to let our hair down.

The great thing about the procession is that anyone can get involved.

Children and adults of all ages dress up, dance, sing, and sign up just to be part of it all. There were some very clever and imaginative entries and beautiful costumes that were simple but effective.

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I'd like to encourage anyone interested in taking part this year to go for it. Norwich City Council's organisation of the event is superb, making a safe environment for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Keeping it simple is a good way to start for those who haven't entered before and, remember, you don't need to decorate a huge trailer to get involved – walking and cycling groups are just as important.

Voluntary groups, organisations and businesses use it as a chance to raise their profile, while others join together purely for the carnival spirit. It really is up to you.

Another wonderful outcome of the event are the donations for the Norwich Civic Charity Appeal.

Last year, Cruse Bereavement Care benefited from the street collections made during the parade – an important start to the fundraising for the civic year, with thousands of pounds collected. This year, another worthy cause will be helped by the generosity of spectators. People from Norwich, Norfolk and beyond flock here to enjoy the celebrations, the atmosphere and, of course, the grand finale firework display, which ends the day with sparkle and style.

It is a real gem in the city's events calendar and I'm sure this year will be no exception.

So whether you choose to join the parade or be in the cheering crowd, it will be the place to be on Saturday, 4 July. Come along and celebrate our city.

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