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Sunday 07 May 2017

Cats Clowns & The Giant Jam Sandwich Among The Thousands At Brighton Festival Childrens Parade 2017

Celebrating poems from the likes of Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Pam Ayres and many more, 20,000 people packed the streets as the 51st Brighton Festival launched with theChildren's Parade.

The theme for the parade, the largest of its kind in Europe, was Poetry in Motion, and around 5,000 children from 67 schools and community groups from across the region took part.
 
Participants took inspiration from a wide range of well-known poems from across the ages, including The Witches' Spell by Shakespeare; Silly Old Baboon by Spike Milligan; The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll; and The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. The parade was let by Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band, who brought their New Orleans style to Brighton's streets, as well as this year's Guest Director Kate Tempest.
 
Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival says: 

"We were hugely impressed once again with the ingenious ways in which schools have embraced the theme of the parade, "Poetry in Motion", choosing poems by the likes of Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Pam Ayres and many more .. A fitting start to Brighton Festival." 

Previous themes have seen children dress up as everything from letters of the alphabet and Brighton street names to books, mermaids and even slices of cake for the annual Children's Parade.
 
One of the most spectacular community events in the UK, joint-promoter Same Skyspends six months working behind the scenes to create the parade, with creative teams instructing teaching staff how to teach dance and parade chants, run free master-classes, help develop design ideas and encourage imagination to flow.

The Brighton Festival - which runs until 28th May 2017 features a wide range of international, national and local artists and companies including site-specific pieces, exclusives, world and UK premieres. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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