Liverpool Lord Mayor’s Parade 2008
June 2008, saw the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade take to the streets of
Liverpool. As Liverpool is the European Capital of Culture 08, the
parade was even bigger and better than usual.
Before the parade, the crowd amassed around the saluting base, where
local dignitaries included Cllr Warren Bradley, Leader of the City
Council and Royal Naval Officers from HMS Ark Royal, visiting the
city this weekend and representatives of many cultures, religions
and organisations. There was a great display of Irish dancing, given
by youngsters 4 to 15 from St Michael’s Irish Dancing School. Riverdance will have to watch out for competition! They were
introduced and teased by Peter Price, who once again had a fine line
of patter. He also kept everyone up to date as the various
contingents appeared during the parade. Introduced by the
traditionally clad Town Crier, the parade was led by the Lord
Mayor’s coach with the new Lord mayor, Councillor Rotherham, the
Mayoress and their children. They were escorted by at least 43
impressive Police horses, all ridden with skill, drawn from all
A tremendous of amount of enthusiasm had obviously gone into many of
the floats and entries and the city experienced the delightful show.
The parade ranged from gaily bedecked dancers and carefully costumed
characters aboard colourful floats to smart, proud marching bands,
public services representatives with vehicles past and present and a
spectacular Samba team. All of these representing Liverpool’s huge
and historic diversity of cultures, religions and organisations, all
proud to represent their City. At the end of the parade ,the Lord
Mayor gave a brief acknowledgement.
Busy collectors took contributions from the crowded streets along
the long route for the Lord Mayor’s Fund, which, this year, is
divided between Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s Imagine Fund, The
Cardio-thoracic Unit at Broadgreen Hospital, The Marina Dalgleish
Appeal and, close to the Lord Mayor’s heart because his late mother
was a sufferer, The Alzheimer Society.
Once again, Liverpool has produced an event to be proud of! Thank
you to all concerned.
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