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Carlisle Pageant brings carnival fun to city centre

A carnival atmosphere was brought to the streets of Carlisle despite rainfall for start of the city pageant.

Carlisle City Council revived the city pageant on Saturday that had not been held for many years.

A samba band, giant puppets and brightly-coloured costumes made the city centre feel like part of the famous Rio de Janeiro carnival.

Rain didn’t deter locals from coming out to watch the parade of giant puppets as hundreds of people lined the streets eager to catch a glimpse of the creations.

The Mayor of Carlisle Ray Bloxham led the procession.

He said: “Since it has started it has been a real community effort. A lot of people have been involved in producing the puppets.

“We are delighted we have revived the pageant.

“Hopefully it brings the community together and they enjoy themselves.”

The puppets and parade celebrated the city’s rich history with important characters from Carlisle’s past on show.

In the parade were:

  • Lugus, a Celtic God adopted by the Romans to link in with city’s Roman heritage and the its former name Luguvalium;
  • Kinmont Willie Armstrong, a Border Reiver who was imprisoned at Carlisle Castle;
  • King Edward III who, in 1352, granted the citizens of Carlisle the rights to hold an annual fair in August.

Puppets were made by various community groups and primary schools including Kingmoor Junior School and Newlaithes Primary School.

The leader of Carlisle City Council Colin Glover was also part of the parade.

“There has been excitement across the city over this,” he said.

“Hopefully this is going to be the start of something big for the city. This is a way of promoting the history of Carlisle.

“Some of the characters will be recognisable and some won’t be. We have a really colourful history and we want to celebrate that,” added Mr Glover.

Among the spectators out enjoying the grand parade was Angela Charlton from Morton.

She said: “We are very interested in the history of Carlisle and this is great for tourism here. A lot of hard work has gone into this.”

Marlene Johnston, 63, from Wigton, brought her granddaughters, seven-year-old Ella and five-year-old Lily, along to watch.

“My daughter told me about this. It is a nice day out for the grandchildren, they were keen to come and watch,” said Marlene.

“It is a pity the rain came out,” she added.

More photos in today's News & Star

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Posted by Ian on 20 August 2013 at 16:29

I did not see the Saturday event, but walked the so called market stalls today and was shocked at the appallingly poor effort - the monthly Made in Cumbria market is far superior to this heap of dross in a few tents, with a guy cooking sausages on a domestic barbi set-up reeking the whole area in smoke & barbi fumes - most unpleasant. The only impressive thing was the cake model of the Town Hall, as for the , I realise only partly finished, messy heap of custard creams, it looked like something borrowed from playschool.

Really, any local small village could, and do, do so much better. If whoever organised this believes it to be an 'event' they need to get out more.

A shameful effort which is an embarrassment to our city - To the organisers please have a look at the continental market which arrives on Thursday to see how it should be done and brush up this rubbish from the Town Hall square before anyone from the continental market sees it and dies laughing

Posted by seriously shocked on 20 August 2013 at 16:11

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