The annual Children’s Parade is a loud, disruptive and memorable procession that takes place on the first Saturday of May to officially launch Brighton Festival. The largest of its kind in Europe, the free event takes place in central Brighton and has delighted participants and spectators for nearly 30 years. With a different imaginative theme each year, previous parades have seen children dress up as paintings, letters of the alphabet, woodland creatures and street names.
Throughout the school year Same Sky invite local school teachers to their workshop to refine and develop their parade displays with selected artists. Same Sky then partner with the Festival to co-ordinate the 5000 children plus the 20000 parents, friends and other audience who take over the city centre with their own show stopping designs and self-made costumes.
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Harbour Primary School - Stargirl. Image David Bracey
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Rudyard Kipling Primary School - Baba Yaga
We went into schools to encourage the students to design and build their own large, re-usable colourful flags. They assisted with parade coordination, enhanced the procession, created a visual cohesion and were an effective promotion on social media. Image David Bracey
The Children’s Parade is a unique Brighton event produced by Same Sky for the Brighton Festival.