Crowds watch Lady Godiva make her way along Waterside towards the RSC theatre.

Crowds watch Lady Godiva make her way along Waterside towards the RSC theatre.

Then, at 11.20am, Lady Godiva led the People’s Pageant through town. Fully-clothed but without her horse, the six-metre tall puppet could walk, wave at the crowds, and even blink.

Marion Morgan, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s event officer, has explained the reason behind the decision to use Godiva, who was created for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.

“She represents every man and every woman and she’ll be collecting stories as she appears in various places throughout the Midlands this summer,” she said.

“Everywhere she goes she’ll be collecting stories from the people of the towns she visits. As Shakespeare is ‘Mr Story’ it fits well with the theme of the day.

“There is a natural symbiosis between Godiva’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations—both were historic characters from the Midlands whose legends live on in our imaginations,” Ms Morgan added.

'William Shakespeare' walks through town.

‘William Shakespeare’ walks through town.

Although onlookers appeared bemused yet impressed by Godiva, the show was stolen by a samba band from Bromsgrove. 

Wearing yellow shirts and colourful trousers, the drummers from Someone At The Door Samba Band were cheered all the way through town.

Despite concerning predictions of rain, the morning stayed dry to the relief of everybody.

A papier mâché bust of Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream was part of the People's Pageant.

A papier mâché bust of Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream was part of the People’s Pageant.

There’s plenty more going on in town today and tomorrow. For a full round-up of this weekend’s celebrations plus reaction and photos, see next week’s special edition of the Herald.

We also want to hear what you did this weekend, and what you thought of the celebrations. Send your photos and thoughts to news@stratford-email.com