Thousands expected in Plymouth for Lord Mayor's Day
Thousands of residents and visitors are expected to head into Plymouth city centre on Saturday 19 May to welcome the new Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Wright and Lady Mayoress Miss Deborah Osborne.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Nations of the World’ and the whole city centre will come alive from 10am with a spectacular multicultural celebration featuring music, displays, fun activities and a colourful carnival costumed procession.
The new Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will begin with a visit to the Community Open House event at Plymouth University, where an amazing programme of exhibitions and activities are taking place from 10am to 2pm, including science and technology exhibits, Polish cuisine, Chinese brush painting, Zumba dancing, Origami workshop and lots more.
At 1pm they will lead a procession from the Roland Levinsky Building into the city centre with Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Chaz Singh and Deputy Lady Mayoress Mrs Saranjit Kaur. The parade will wind its way across Cobourg Street, into Cornwall Street and up New George Street, finishing on the Armada Way piazza.
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The City of Plymouth Pipe Band will head up the procession, followed by over 350 young people in the children’s parade and then a wide variety of community groups and organisations including local cadet forces, the Plymouth Raiders cheerleaders, the Youth Circus and the Boringdon School Samba Band.
More than 300 school pupils will be showcasing colourful ancient Greek costumes, golden masks and fantastical creatures they created for the parade with Stiltskin Arts and Theatre Company, along with giant mythological athletes that will run and swim above the heads of the crowd amongst silk banners.
The parade will also see the second public outing for the Great Umbrella of Ghana, celebrating the link between Plymouth and Sekondi-Takoradi in Western Ghana. This umbrella is used only by Paramount Chiefs and was made for us in Kumasi, Ghana.
Lord Mayor’s Day will include a full stage entertainment programme on the piazza hosted by BBC Spotlight presenter Natalie Cornah. Entertainment will include performances from Jayesh’s Bollywood dance group, Ameeradance, Urban X in Movement and the Plymouth Rock Choir. The Royal Marine Volunteer Cadet Corps will start the show at 10am by parading with their drums.
Performances will be shown on the BBC Big Screen, interspersed with live coverage of the Olympic Torch’s journey through Cornwall before its arrival in Plymouth that evening.
The Plymouth Lions will be running a village of charity stalls near the Sundial and there will be community information stalls in New George Street. Exhibitions, music sessions and activities will be located around city centre streets provided by organisations including Hospital Radio, the Salvation Army, the Museum and Art Gallery’s Museum in Transit service and Heart Radio’s Heart Angels.
A music stage in Place de Brest will offer exhilarating live performances featuring students from City College Plymouth and dBs Music, past and present. There is an exciting schedule of performers under the theme ‘Future Sounds of Plymouth’, providing music for every taste. There will also be ‘pop-up’ dance shows from Mad about Swing, Street Factory and the Plymouth Morris Men in Cornwall Street between 11am and 1pm.
A massive entertainment area will be set up in the Civic and Guildhall Square areas, where the Plymouth Playspace Association will provide a supervised play area including a climbing wall, skate ramps, craft sessions and playground games. There will also be interactive displays including model boats, remote controlled vehicles and even a 1907 Stanley steam car and vintage fire engines.
From 3pm to 7pm Plymouth University will be running activities on the grassed area outside the Holiday Inn, in partnership with RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) and Plymouth YMCA. These include rowing, ultimate frisbee, Oware drumming, hair braiding and face painting.
To download a parade map and stage programme visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/whatson
Motorists are advised that Armada Way will be closed outside the Guildhall from 7am to 5pm. New George Street, Market Avenue and Cornwall Street will have some closures from 10.30am to 2pm. City centre car parks will be open and buses will be running as normal.