This November, CGCU will again be entering The Lord Mayor's Show on 11th November. Initial ideas for the float suggest a celebration of Imperial College Centenary, with an engineering focus. The Centenary coincides with this coming academic year (2006-2007).
The Faculty of Engineering have agreed to foot the bill of entry to the show, a sum of about ?4,500. Richard Martin, The Deputy Faculty Operating Officer, told CGCU that the faculty is "very pleased to be providing support to its student union", and commended the "huge efforts" the students put into the float's success each year.
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That's not all however; the plan this year is, once the float has been built and used in the Lord Mayor's Show, for it to be dismantled and stored before being used again in the London New Year's Day Parade, a cross-faculty event as a celebration of Imperial College's hundreth year. Richard Martin expressed the Faculty's hope that "this year's entry will be really outstanding and help to kick off the Centenary celebrations in style". This is the first time a float will be entered into two events in one year.
Anyone can get involved
The CGCU have put out a call for participation in both parades, as well as for skilled hands to help construct it. For the New Year's Day Parade they are looking for Jugglers, skaters and other showmen, as well as a host of people to accompany the float on the day. It's not just for engineers, and the people are what really make the show on the day.
If you'd like to get involved, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.