A world of colour as Lord Mayor parades through Plymouth
THOUSANDS lined the streets to cheer in the Lord Mayor of Plymouth at the head of a colourful and noisy parade through the city centre.
Cllr Michael Wright took a bow as the city's first citizen on Lord Mayor's Day.
He was joined by hundreds of people from all walks of life on a procession from Plymouth University to the Piazza.
Star Wars stormtroopers rubbed shoulders with women dressed in historical dance costumes.
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Circus performers on bouncy stilts followed people on mobility scooters.
And above them all towered magnificent figures from Greek mythology made by artists and schoolchildren.
Cllr Wright, addressing the crowds in the Piazza, said: "I am very proud to be your first citizen. As Lord Mayor, I promise to do a good job for you and represent the city to the best of my ability.
"Thank you for turning up on such a lovely day. It is good to see the sun shine."
Cllr Wright was accompanied by his Lady Mayoress Miss Deborah Osborne, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Cllr Chaz Singh and Deputy Lady Mayoress Saranjit Kaur.
About 300 schoolchildren, with the help of teachers and parents, pushed and carried characters from Greek mythology, including the Minotaur, a Siren and three Hermes figures.
They were dressed in cloaks and Greek theatre masks and carried models of bugs or fishes on poles.
Chris Lock, a teacher at Salisbury Road Primary School in St Judes, was accompanying 34 pupils aged from seven to ten.
She said: "The children are very excited. We did it last year and they had such a great time. They are quite warm in their costumes but it is better than having rain."
Rhys Thomas, director of Emerge Youth Circus, was part of a troupe of jugglers and stilt walkers dressed as everything from clowns to wild animals.
He said: "It is great to be part of this, it is an amazing day."
Lord Mayor's Day was on the theme of 'Nations of the World' and began with a multicultural exhibition at the university.
The arrival of the parade was the centrepiece of a day's entertainment in the Piazza which included children from Holy Cross Primary School doing the haka.