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The second half of the parade will tell the story of Her Majesty’s reign through famous subcultures throughout the years – from Hippies to Glam Rockers and Britpop.
From dancers to hula-hoopers and rollerbladers – all types of street performers or cast members are welcome to volunteer and applications will close on May 1st.
The Platinum Pageant, which will take place on June 5th, will see a host of volunteer performers parade through the streets of central London in honour of the Queen’s history
Victoria & Albert Museum chairman Nicholas Coleridge, who is co-chairing the pageant, previously said 6,500 performers would take part in the entire celebration.
The spectacular parade will take place on the final day of a series of festivities over the extended June Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate Her Majesty’s impressive reign.
The second half of the pageant will tell the story of ‘our transforming society’ and organisers are determined to cast performers who ‘live and breathe these eras and fashions’.
Successful applicants will have to wear original and authentic clothing, hairstyles and make-up and volunteers can only apply to represent one subculture from one decade.
The second half of the parade will tell the story of Her Majesty’s reign through famous subcultures throughout the years – including the Mods of the 1960s
Each participant should represent a group which has emerged during the monarch’s seven decade reign. Pictured, hippies at the Isle of Wight festival in 1970
To apply volunteers must supply personal details along with a headshot and photograph of themselves wearing their favourite outfit from the era.
Recruiters are particularly keen to cast performers who have personal stories linking to the Queen, which may be told on the live-broadcast of the event.
Organisers are also seeking anyone with vintage vehicles including classic British motorbikes, Vespa Scooters, ice cream vans and retro bicycles to take part in the celebration.
Which subcultures will be represented in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant
1950s: Lambeth Walkers/Jivers
1960s: Mods/Hippies/Rude Boys/Girls
1970s: Two Toners/Disco Roller Skaters/Hula Hoopers/Glam Rockers/Punks/Northern Soul
1980s: Goths/New Romantics/Electro Boys/Girls
1990s: Acid Ravers/Britpoppers/ Girl Power/ Garage Heads/ Indie Kids
2000s: Festival Goers/ Garage/Emos/Metalheads/ Notting Hill Carnival/Indie Kids
2010s: Boy Blue Collaboration. The award winning UK hip-hop dance company previously participated in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
Applicants must be 16 years old or above at the time of the pageant and any cast under the age of 18 will require guardian consent to participate in the event.
Central London will come to life with colour, street theatre and dance in honour of the monarch’s long reign in what has been described as ‘something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom’.
Details of the pageant were revealed at were revealed at the official launch in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in June last year.
Organisers, including Pageant Master Adrian Evans said the event, with a budget of between £10 and £15 million and involving participants from across the UK and parts of the Commonwealth, is expected to be one of the biggest celebratory events held on home soil for decades.
Throughout the year, the Queen and members of the royal family will travel around the country attending a range of events to mark the milestone, culminating with the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.
Buckingham Palace said 2022’s extended break will run from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 after the May bank holiday – which would have been on Monday, May 30 – was pushed back.
The four-day weekend will begin on the Thursday with Trooping the Colour, which will be staged in full for the first time since the pandemic, and a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on the Saturday.
Sunday’s pageant will comprise of three acts, with the first seeing both serving troops and veterans take part in a march along The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
The second act will also feature a puppet dragon larger than a double-decker bus with a wingspan the width of The Mall.
Others taking part will include a trapeze artist suspended underneath a huge balloon printed with an image of the Queen, as well as acrobats and other performers.
The specially-written fairy story There Once Is A Queen by renowned author Sir Michael Morpurgo will be brought to life through artists on the day.
Successful applicants will have original and authentic clothing, hairstyles and makeup and volunteers can only apply to represent one subculture from one decade. Subcultures featured in the parade include the New Romantics of the 1980s
Rick Witter (left) and drummer Alan Leach (right) of Britpop group Shed Seven, backstage with Suede bassist Mat Osman (centre) at the Tower Ballroom in the 1990s
Nicholas Coleridge, co-chairman of the pageant, said: ‘The Platinum Jubilee weekend is an opportunity for the country to emerge re-energised and renewed, expressing optimism and confidence.
‘It will be something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom, following a period of uncertainty and hardship, a catalysing moment of unity and fun.
‘Through the fusion of ceremonial and pageantry with razzmatazz and festival, we intend to create a spectacle that is at once energising and memorable and a fitting tribute to the Queen.’
Details of the pageant’s third act, the finale, are being kept secret for now.