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A carnival-goer.
Carnival fever is about to get under way

Lord Mayor's celebrations 2006

The Latino spirit will meet the appliance of science for the Lord's Mayor's procession, which will thread through Norwich's streets on Saturday, 15 July. The carnival with its Simply Science theme is the focus of five days of celebrations.

At a glance: Weekend events

Saturday, 15 July

  • 10am to 5.30pm: Family science day at the Inspire Science Centre, Coslany St.
  • 11am to 4pm: Circus and carnival workshops at Chapelfield Gardens.
  • 1 to 4pm: Norwich Arts Centre local bands showcase, featuring Click (see their profile under On This Site web links) and others.
  • 3 to 5pm: The Acoustic Jazz Trio at Castle Gardens.
  • 5 to 10pm: Snap with DJ Luck and MC Neat. For 12 to 17-year-olds only at Open Venue, Bank Plain.
  • 6.25pm: Lord Mayor's 5k Road Race, starting Prince of Wales Rd.
  • 6.45pm: Lord Mayor's street procession.
  • 7pm to 12am: Chapelfield Gardens Music Festival and Funfair with Kissmet, Orkestra Du Sol and samba players.
  • 8 to 11pm: Dance displays and a Samba Sundown on the Centre Stage, outside City Hall.
  • 8.30 to 9.30pm: Norwich Pipe Band performance in Castle St.
  • 10.30pm: Fireworks show at Castle Meadow.

    Sunday 16 July
  • 11am to 3pm: A performance of Cliffhanger, billed as a real-life silent movie, by the Bash Street Theatre Company at Castle Green.
  • 12 to 7pm: Chapelfield Music Festival continues with Sargasso Trio, Horses Brawl, DJ Tonic and more.
  • 3 to 5pm: Sillars Orchestra at Eaton Park Bandstand.
  • 2 to 5pm: The Bishop of Norwich opens his garden for afternoon tea and music. Admission is £2.50, with entrance via Bishopsgate.

    More info
  • Glass bottles are not allowed at any event. The city centre's streets will be an alcohol-free zone.
  • Try to avoid bringing cars into the city - for details on road closures, park and ride's extended opening hours and the latest transport advice go to the Norwich City website.
  • People in wheelchairs can watch the carnival from a space set aside on Castle Meadow, opposite Opie St. Space is limited, so first come, first served.
  • The information line on 01603 212 626 is open on Friday from 9am to 5pm; Saturday from 9am to 10pm and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Streams of colour and sound will flood Norwich city centre on Saturday for the Lord Mayor's procession.

Around 25,000 people are expected to turn out for the event to watch the eye-catching sights of more than 55 floats, while marching bands, bag pipers and samba musicians will provide the musical accompaniment.

Dancing robots, miniature beasts and flourishing rainforests are just some of the parading spectacles, sure to turn heads as part of the Simply Science theme.

Before the procession sets off, the marvels of human biology will be witnessed along the route for the 5k road race.

The tapes will go up outside Anglia Television at 6.25pm, while Lord Mayor Cllr Felicity Hartley will set off on her procession from the junction of Newmarket Road and Ipswich Road at 6.45pm.

Once the floats have battled to lift the carnival crown, the focus will switch to the stage outside Norwich City Hall.

There will be displays of Flamenco, African, contemporary and break dance moves as well as samba rhythms.

Music festival

Over at Chapelfield Gardens, musicians will pick up the baton from the parade's marching bands from 7pm until 12am at the music festival and funfair.

Kissmet will bring an eastern twist to the evening with their bhangra rock, while 14 members of Orkestra du Sol will file on to the stage for a fusion of brass and gypsy sounds.

There will be a pause for the fireworks show at Norwich Castle at 10.30pm before 150 samba players sign off the night.

Youth club night

UK garage duo DJ Luck and MC Neat will headline a club night for party-goers aged between 12 and 17.

Steve Edwards will also be singing his club smash hit by Bob Sinclair, World Hold On, during the Snap dance event at the Open Venue on Bank Plain.

Young clubbers can look forward to a busy night on the dancefloor with up-and-coming boy band UK Team also on the bill, hosted by Vibe FM.

Tickets are £4, available on 01603 763 111 - or pop into Open to pick up a competition form to try to win tickets and other prizes.  Alcohol, drugs and cigarettes are banned.

Local bands showcase

Adrian Lever of Horses Brawl
Horses Brawl will be appearing.

Music lovers can continue to indulge their ears at Chapelfield Gardens on Sunday from noon until 7pm.

Local acts Sargasso Trio, Horses Brawl, The Suggestions, Two Man Ting and DJ Tonic are just some of the performers who will fill the air with sounds ranging from the medieval to the electronic.

Party spirit

In the days leading up to the weekend's events, organisers will be doing their best to get people into the party spirit.

The celebrations will start on Wednesday, 12 July with an appearance by writer and comedian Sandi Toksvig at the Puppet Theatre, where she will sign copies of her new book.

There are sure to be more belly laughs the following night when Aussie comic Jim Jeffries headlines an open-air comedy night at Castle Gardens.

Tickets are £6 and available from the tourist information centre on 01603 727 927.

On Friday, it will be time to get out the stockings and suspenders for a late night outdoor screening of cult classic The Rocky Horror Show at Cow Tower.

For more information, go to the Norwich City Council's website or call the information line on 01603 212 626 between 14 and 16 July.

last updated: 14/07/06
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