We don’t need much of a reason to let our hair down in Birmingham, but the city’s first woman as mayor and the promise of a bright future as part of the European Union must have looked pretty good in 1973. So much so, that as many as 100,000 Brummies turned up. they crowded into the streets to see the festival for themselves.
The Lord Mayor’s Show offered an opportunity every year to say goodbye to the old Lord Mayor and welcome a new one. Marjorie Alice Brown was the first citizen of Brum in ’73/’74, and her sight seemed to be a delight.
A parade passed Council House and old-style Victoria Square, that year’s Miss Birmingham took part in the act with her fellow contestants, and there was a strong European theme on display with the floats. Take a look at the photos below to relive just one year of the Lord Mayor’s Show, and comment below to let us know your memories of any of them!