Published On: Sat, May 17th, 2014 on 7:29 pm

Cinema comes to life at Lord Mayor’s Parade in Bradford

Lord Mayors Parade Bradford

This year's annual parade was themed on film

Lord Mayors Parade Bradford

A Charlie Chaplin lookalike

Lord Mayors Parade Bradford

Darth Vader accompanied by stormtroopers

Lord Mayors Parade Bradford

Hundreds took part in the procession

Lord Mayors Parade Bradford

The Punjabi Roots Academy

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Bradford streets burst into life today when hundreds of local children and adults marched through the city centre for the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade.

Many of the paraders wore their own colourful costumes, which were created months ago from tissue paper, cellophane, willow canes and other materials.

Starting at Norfolk Gardens at 12:30pm, the procession went through the city centre on to Sunbridge Road, Godwin Street, Kirkgate, Bank Street, Tyrrel Street and back into City Park.

Iconic personalities were seen walking with the procession, including a Charlie Chaplin lookalike, Bradford’s very own Elvis Prestley impersonator, Darth Vader, and Stormtroopers who accompanied him.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, said: “It’s delightful to be at the heart of Bradford with so many people from different backgrounds and diverse communities, and to see so many schools and community groups having the opportunity to interpret the theme of film.

“It’s been a wonderful parade. Bradford has celebrated being the first City Of Film in many ways and this is truly a novel way of everyone getting involved.”

When the parade finished, City Park played host to a variety of activities, live performances from the likes of the Punjabi Roots Academy, and a free screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on the Big Screen.

The Peace Museum also held a series of events today as part of its ‘Museums at Night’ event.

Families and children got the chance to make peace symbol dream catchers at City Park and put them on the peace tree at the museum.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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