The Lisburn Lord Mayor’s Parade, or to give it its official title, the ‘Mayor’s Carnival Fairytale Parade 2014’ was yet another tremendous spectacle managed by Beat Carnival for the Island Arts Centre. A annual, fun packed afternoon for all the family attracts over ten thousand spectators each year and commences with a traditional parade around the city on its way to Lisburn’s historic Wallace Park.
Dozens of organisations, groups, schools charities were represented in the 2014 parade with the usual acrobatics and circus performers, there was lots to take in.
The traditional vintage car rally transported Lisburn back to the 1960s and 70s as the cars made their way across the old railway bridge to the main entrance of the park.
The parade is led by the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and like the annual fireworks display this event had a focus on community arts.
The streets of Lisburn were alive with fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, mermaids and gnomes all making an appearance. There was a remarkable turn out despite it being on the same day as the Giro d’Italia.
Dancers and stilt walkers led the audience who lined the streets to the Wallace Park to an afternoon of family activities. All of the money raised by the Carnival go towards the Mayor’s chosen charity, the Diabetic Unit at Lagan Valley Hospital.
Wallace park was a hive of activity, centre stage in the park was a stunning motorbike and cycle stunt performance which was then surrounded by the annual funfare. The 2014 carnival was fantastic day of activities and credit to the organisers for making many of the activities in the park completely free of charge. The 2014 carnival was an inclusive community arts festival that is certainly going to be difficult to top next year!