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Lord Mayor's procession 2005

Norwich's streets will offer a feast of sights of sounds for one of the biggest events in the local calendar. The carnival atmosphere will take over the city centre for the Lord Mayor's Procession on Saturday 9 July.

At a glance

Friday 8 July

7 to 10.30pm: The Big CFG music festival and funfair with the James Taylor Quartet, Stonewall Jackson and Definitions.

Saturday 9 July

10am to 5pm: Free admission to Inspire Science Centre in Coslany St.

11am to 3pm: Circus workshops at Chapelfield Gardens.

12noon to 4pm: The Big CFG music festival and funfair - local band showcase.

3 to 5pm: The Dave Pullion Trio at Castle Gardens.

6.45pm: Lord Mayor's Procession.

5 to 10pm: Snap with Javine and Uniting Nations. For 14 to 17-year-olds only. Open Youth Venue, 20 Bank Plain.

7pm to 12am:  The Big CFG music festival and funfair with Bollywood Brass and support.

9 to 10pm: Samba Sundown with 80 drummers in Haymarket.

9 to 10.30pm: Acrobats, dancers and drummers at City Hall's centre stage.

10.30pm: Fireworks at Norwich Castle.

Sunday 10 July

12 noon to 6pm: The Big CFG music festival and funfair with music, crazy bikes as well as juggling and circus workshops.

3 to 5pm: Norwich City Concert Band at Eaton Park.

More info

For more details call the information line on 01603 216 626.

Glass bottles are not allowed at any event.

For details of the latest road closures check the Norwich City Council site.

Latin fever hits the city's streets on Saturday with the Lord Mayor's procession snaking the city's streets.

Thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch the carnival parade which will feature around 70 floats and displays of baton twirling, martial arts, steel drumming and Chinese lion dancing.

The procession has an elements theme and entrants are drawing on inspiration from maritime heroes, life under the sea and the weather in a bid to take the carnival crown.

The parade will get under way at 6.45pm from the junction of Ipswich Road and Newmarket Road, following the 6.30pm starting pistols at Norwich Cathedral for the annual 5k road race.

Norwich City Hall will also be a focus of the celebrations. A stage will be set up outside the building where acrobats, Asian drummers, African dancers and break dancers will entertain the crowds from 8pm.

Chapelfield Gardens

Music fans will also be able to indulge their ears over at Chapelfield Gardens as part of the Big CFG music festival and funfair which takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The string of concerts will kick off on Friday from 7pm with music from Definitions and north Norfolk band Stonewall Jackson, who have just had a track released on a compilation by the renowned Acid Jazz label.

Headliners James Taylor Quartet will top the gig off with their blend of funky jazz tunes.

The sounds will continue on Saturday with  Norwich Arts Centre's local bands showcase featuring Cthru27, .sub and Motorheroes. The speakers are due to pump out the sets between 12 noon and 4pm.

The CFG stage will go quiet until 7pm when it will come alive again with the bhangra beats of the Bollywood Brass Band. Their six-piece horn section and drummers will recreate hits from Indian films.

The ensemble will break their performance at 10pm for the fireworks display outside Norwich Castle before resuming their gig at 10.40pm.

The crowds will be warmed up by Josh Weller and RDG, while the Norwich Samba Band will close the stage.

On Sunday, there will be a varied programme of sounds, with music from the Sargasso Trio, Red Shadow Quartet, Mythtwister, Le Cod Afrique and Anna Mudeka between 12.30 and 7pm.

Youth club night

For teenagers between 14 and 17, boy band Freefallers and dance act Uniting Nations will be treading the stage for the Snap club night at the Open Youth Venue in Bank Plain.

Freefallers have been drafted in to replace headline act Javine, who pulled out at the 11th hour.

Tickets are £8 and can be bought in advance from Bethel Street Police Station, The Forum's Tourist Information Centre or on the door.

last updated: 08/07/05
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