Primary school children are busy putting the finishing touches on giant carnival figures they have created for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Day parade on Saturday 6 June.
Around 250 pupils have been working with Stiltskin Arts and Theatre Company to create the puppets, which they will proudly display as part of the procession. The theme for this year is the 200th anniversary of Napoleon being held as a prisoner aboard HMS Bellerophon in Plymouth Sound.
Thousands of people will head to the city centre to welcome the new Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony and join the celebrations, which will run from 10am to 5pm.
Local community groups, organisations and charities will be a big part of the day and many will have stalls on New George Street, Armada Way and around the Sundial from 10am to 4pm.
Dance and musical groups will be performing on stage on the piazza throughout the day and there will also be street entertainment by the Sundial and Place de Brest.
There will be plenty of fun for little ones, with a play zone in the Civic Square and Guildhall Square between 11am and 4pm and children’s fairground rides.
The parade will leave from Plymouth University’s Drake’s Place Garden area at 1pm, led by the City of Plymouth Pipe Band. They will be followed by the school children (dressed in costume) and their spectacular carnival figures.
Community groups and organisations will also take part in the procession, which will travel through Cornwall Street and into New George Street before finishing on the piazza.
This is the sixth year that Lord Mayor’s Day is being held in partnership with the university, which is hosting its Set Sail with Plymouth University event at Drake’s Place between 9.30am and 1.30pm. This will also feature plenty of entertainment for the family including music, Segways and face painting. For more details visit www.plymouth.ac.uk.
Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith, said: “Lord’s Mayor’s Day promises to be a spectacular day of activities and entertainment. We are delighted Set Sail for Plymouth University is teaming up with us to create a memorable day for the whole of the community. I hope everyone will show their support for the new Lord Mayor and join in the fun.”
The anniversary of Napoleon being held aboard the Bellerophon is also being marked by a new exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. ‘Fallen Emperor’ explores the 10 dramatic days in 1815 when he was held in Plymouth Sound before being exiled to the remote Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Full details are available at www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumnapoleon.
City centre car parks (which include spaces for blue badge holders) will be open and buses will be running as normal. Armada Way will be closed to vehicles outside the Guildhall from 7.30am to 5pm, as will New George Street (between Market Avenue and Courtenay Street) and Raleigh Street (except for taxis). Market Avenue, Market Way and the lower end of Cornwall Street will also be closed from 1pm to 2pm as the parade passes through.