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Another successful Children’s Parade

Another successful Children’s Parade
Hannah Midgley

On Saturday, thousands of children from Brighton took to the streets in colourful costumes for the annual Children’s Parade, which is the largest annual children’s event in the UK.

The Children’s Parade has been an annual event for thirty years, and marks the start of Brighton Festival. This year, over five thousand participants – with school children making up the large majority- took to the streets in creative costumes which they made themselves.

Fifty-eight local schools took part in total and the pictures show a real sense of pride in the dance, drama, and music that they had rehearsed with artists. Approximately ten thousand people come to watch the parade, which is produced by Same Sky for Brighton Festival.

The theme this year was folktales from around the world, and schools were allocated a folk tale to reflect the diversity of acts which are taking part in Brighton Festival. The stories were studied at school and turned into costume, music and carnival structures.

Pippa Smith, Brighton Festival’s Children & Family programmer said:

“Folk tales are typically stories that are passed down from generation to generation and are often linked to childhood memories, when parents or grandparents would tell them at bedtime. There are so many fascinating folk tales to explore, from the Anansi tales of West Africa to European tales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm. We can’t wait to see the wildly imaginative creations that participating schools and community groups will present.”

This year the Children’s Parade is sponsored by Southern Water,University of Brighton and Yeoman’s Toyota.

Brighton Festival takes place from the 4th until the 26th of May 2019.

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