11 May 2006

Belfast to stage huge 100th birthday party

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11/05/2006 - 10:13:13

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usThe biggest birthday party ever staged in Belfast will be held in the city streets at the end of the month.

Belfast City Hall - click photo to view - image from >>here

It was announced today that the annual Lord Mayor’s Show is being turned into a carnival with the theme “Celebrate Belfast” and will focus on the 100th birthday of City Hall, the most famous and recognisable landmark in the city.

Giant floats, stilt walkers and hundreds of performers will take part in the carnival parade , which will feature a giant City Hall birthday cake.

Carnival merrymakers dressed as streetscapes from around the city centre, birthday candles and presents will join distinguished birthday guests such as the Albert Clock and Big Fish.

A well-known mural depicting Belfast industry will be brought to life through music and banners.

Lord Mayor Wallace Brown said the event was another opportunity to show off the city’s creative talents.

“Over the last three years, the Lord Mayor’s Show has changed and evolved, and it has developed a distinctive carnival feel that allows the creative talent of the city to be put on show for all to see.

“That is why this year, for the 50th show, we have decided to rename it the Lord Mayor’s Carnival, to more accurately reflect what the show has become, a carnival to remember,” said the Lord Mayor.

BEAT, the Belfast carnival company, is busy working with artists and community groups as well as bands from all corners of the island to bring the carnival party alive on Saturday May 27.

A road show will entertain the crowds at City Hall before and after the main parade around the city streets, and the hugely popular Continental Market returns to the City Hall grounds for the bank-holiday weekend.

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