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17.04.14

Mayor’s Carnival Parade

 

Once upon a time in a Lisburn Wonderland: Excited little Princess Emma waved her magical wand to herald the launch of The City of Lisburn Mayor’s Carnival Parade and Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 10 May. Proving that no–one is too old for Fairytales, Emma is joined by her grandmother, The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lisburn, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and Alderman Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Services Committee as they look for help from Carnival Revellers to chase the big band wolf away.
This year’s theme draws inspiration from classic fairy tales. Carnival organisers are preparing for an event out of the realms of fantasy when the streets of Lisburn will be teemed with creativity, rhythm and bass when thousands of costumed revellers parade elaborately decorated floats and huge, towering characters will sweep through the city’s streets.
The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton said: “The atmosphere in Lisburn on this my Mayor’s Carnival is simply magical and an enchanting spectacle. The colourful procession will feature over 1000 brightly clad carnival performers, street entertainers, dancers and masqueraders in an unrivalled display of street arts and creativity.
The whole day will have a wonderful, festival and family friendly atmosphere and I look forward to warmly welcoming hundreds of celebrators to our city and placing another great event on Northern Ireland’s cultural calendar.”

Enchanting land of make believe…
Up to 10,000 people are expected to descend on the city for the festivities. Spectators will shimmy to the addictive rhythm of the carnival beat of marching bands.
Looking forward to the revels Alderman Paul Porter, Chair of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council, said: “The Mayor’s Carnival is a hugely popular event. Thousands head to our city every year to take in the stunning displays, which members of the community have spent hours carefully crafting. There are lots of opportunities for people to join in the festivities of the day, listen to great live music or be entertained by great street theatre and spectacle.”
Hundreds of school children dressed as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes will parade alongside community groups, proudly displaying their carnival costumes, designed by themselves through ISLAND Arts Centre Carnival workshops in association with the award winning ArtsEkta and The Beat Initiative.

Happily Ever Afters
The mesmerising spectacle will snake its way through the city to Wallace Park where even more family fun awaits. Entertainment will include fairground attractions, sporting arenas and vintage car displays. An unmissable highlight, glorious in all its Tartan Technicolor is The City of Lisburn Pipe Band Championships.

This Carnival is extremely popular so choose your preferred spot early.
The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre and flows through Lisburn City Centre, via Queen’s Road, Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.

Funds raised from this year’s Mayor’s Carnival will go to the official Mayoral charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.

For further information check out islandartscentre.com. Facebook.com/ISLANDArtsCentre and Twitter.com/ISLANDartsbiz

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Notes to Editors

Lisburn City’s Mayor’s Carnival has become one of the largest Carnival Parades of its kind in Northern Ireland. This year, the parade features the talents of over 800 local Schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups who have been busy making carnival structures, and costumes for the pageant through ISLAND Arts Centre’s Carnival Workshops.

The parade begins at 1pm at ISLAND Arts Centre via Queen’s Road, passing along Linenhall Street, Smithfield Street, Market Place, Market Street, Bachelors Walk to Wallace Park before returning to ISLAND Arts Centre.
The Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, has chosen the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital as her Mayoral Charity for her term of Office. The Mayor is keen emphasise that money raised will not be a replacement for statutory funding but will be used to make a real difference in people lives.
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We look forward to seeing you on the ISLAND.

For further information, images or interviews please contact:
Úna Casement
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: una@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Or
Patricia McCooe
Arts Information and Education Officer (Jobshare)
ISLAND Arts Centre
T: 02892 509509
E: patricia@island.lisburn.gov.uk

Mayor’s Carnival Parade

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