Celebrating the 'Ecotastic' launch of this year's City of Lisburn & Castlereagh Mayor's Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day 2017 is The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh, Councillor Brian Bloomfield, MBE. The Mayor is joined by Councillor Tim Morrow, Chair of Leisure & Community Development, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Valerie Cromie from Mayoral Charity, Tiny Life, ethical designer and business woman Emma Gilles and performers from this year's parade.
Mayor's Carnival Parade
A pulsating parade of over 500 local and international carnival performers, dancers, drummers, live musical rhythms and pumping sound systems will engage, educate and entertain young and old alike.
Soaring sculptures, fantastical floats and giant carnival creations depicting carnival's eco-friendly credentials will be fashioned from upcycled waste and the incredulous imaginations of professional artists, school children and community groups.
To view this year's Mayor's Carnival Parade Route Map please click HERE
Besides being one of the most, lively events of the year, Mayor's Carnival Parade and Family Fun Day also serves a worthy cause as funds raised from this year's event will go to the Mayoral Charity, Tiny Life, Northern Ireland's premature and vulnerable baby charity.
Ecotastic Family Fun Day
Carnival Village, Wallace Park 12.30 - 5.30pm
Carrying on Carnival's 'Ecotastic' theme is the ever popular Family
Fun Day, in the lush, leafy surroundings of the beautiful Wallace Park.
Attractions will feature a rich assortment of live entertainment and arena acts, for people of all ages to enjoy along with the opportunity to refuel with a range of foods on offer.
Skilled artisans and artists producing all manner of high quality goods will showcase their homemade craft. While in celebration of this year's 'Ecotastic' environmentally friendly theme, there will be demonstrations from the Wildlife Trust, C&J's Farm Petting Zoo, Ian Patterson Flying Falcons, the Bee Keeping Association, RSPB, Mantilla Environmental Education, Conservation Volunteers, Lagan Valley Regional Park and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Waste Management.
Key performance highlights include C21 Theatre Company's an interactive Drama Performance of the African tale 'The Awongalema Tree' and music by Broken String Band and Los Dramaticos.
High energy activities include a "come and try" miniature BMX track, boxing demonstration matches organised by the Canal Boxing Club, make your own smoothie on a battery operated spin bike, climbing wall and fairground attractions.
Little ones will be the centre of attention with special theatre performances and a dedicated Kids' Zone with a host of Make & Take arts and craft workshops.
While putting pooches firmly in the spotlight will be the ever popular Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Dog Show.
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Mayor's Carnival Parade & Family Fun Day is a popular event and attracts large crowds. Why not combine the hustle and bustle of Carnival with a stylish warm welcome from local retailers, accommodation providers, bars and restaurants across Lisburn City?
Good to Know
Event organisers encourage Carnival revellers to use public transport where possible or the city's many car parking facilities. Visitors are asked to extend all reasonable courtesy to local residents and to note parking is unavailable at ISLAND Civic Centre on Saturday 20 May and parking restrictions will be in place in areas surrounding Wallace Park.
To view this year's entry conditions to the Family Fun Day at Wallace Park and helpful travel advice please click HERE