This year saw the parades organisers say no to carbon emitting engines and instead encouraged participants to find cleaver environmentally friendly ways of moving their float. The reality of the climate crisis is slowly starting to hit home and a greener way of approaching things accepted as the only way forward for us now.
Our support for this decision in combination with our love of the Norwich community and a chance to dress up meant we were delighted to be given a space in this years parade 'Love the world around you'. We were even more delighted to be gifted a spot just ahead of Norwich Samba band.
Samba drums were the beating heart of the London rebellion in April, so on foot, in wheel chair and on bike, boogieing to the beat of the drums in Norwich was a real treat.
If samba was the blood pumping through the veins of the rebellion, the pink boat was most definitely it's soul. Reminiscent of the space created in Oxford Circus by Berta 1, our very own Berta 2 made her first appearance. Pulled in the parade by a penguin in a hat and a dancing bear. Decorated with banners, flags and giant toadstools, she was beautiful. We are the boat!
The costumes were also fantastic! Bears, penguins, jellyfish, crocodiles, birds, butterflies and many more. Our well loved animal kingdom was well represented. Even Lilly the dog came dressed as a bee.
The atmosphere in the crowd was joyful and those who knew us clapped and cheered. Those that didn't seem to know us were curious and some asked questions. Shereen and her mum did a great job singing into the mega phone and engaging with children and adults in the crowd.
Despite the terrible weather earlier in the day, skies cleared and it certainly didn't rain on our parade this year!
A huge thank you to Norwich Samba for your amazing talents.
A huge thanks to all those rebels involved in the days fabulous celebration of our love for nature !
Lets continue to raise awareness in Norwich so that next years parade is even more environmental conscious.
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