“Our plans for the Children’s Parade have been on hold for the last two years due to the pandemic and we know how much this event means to everyone who takes part, so we’re raring to go for its return! This year’s theme couldn’t be more timely and relevant, given the challenges the schools have faced and the isolation felt by the children, we hope the parade will help to rebuild their own creativity and confidence as we look forward to that special day in May.” John Varah, Artistic Director, Same Sky
For over 25 years the Children’s Parade has opened the Brighton Festival, with 5,000 local schoolchildren, stepping into showstopping costumes they have designed and made themselves.
Almost 80 local schools, infant to secondary, take part and enjoy a real sense of pride as their hard work turns into a vibrant procession of dance, drama and fun for the whole city to watch. Around 10,000 people come along to see the parade and be part of the largest annual children’s event in the UK.
The Children’s Parade is a unique Brighton event produced by Same Sky for the Brighton Festival, next year it’s on Saturday 7th May 2022.
The Brighton Festival Children’s Parade is a free spectator event. The parade starts at 10.30am in Robert Street and winds down to Madeira Drive on the seafront by way of Jubilee Street, New Road, North Street, East Street and Grand Junction Road, finishing at approximately 1pm.
Harbour Primary School - Stargirl. Image David Bracey
Moulsecoomb Primary School - The Hunterman and the Crocodile. Downs View School and Unified Rhythm - Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears. Image David Bracey