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Children's Parade

  • The largest annual children's event in the UK

  • Opening the Brighton Festival every year

  • With 5,000 school children from 80 local schools taking part

  • "The Children's Parade is one of Brighton's most-loved and most inclusive events." Andrew Comben, Chief Executive, Brighton Festival

  • A different theme every year (pictured: Taking Flight 2015)

  • The Same Sky team work with teachers and children for six months to create the parade

  • "Same Sky provides fantastic support to schools throughout the year to inspire us and help us." Alison Bartlett, Brighton parent & teacher

  • Same Sky organises the parade, helps schools with design, passes on skills for making, and teaches parade dance and chants

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The Children’s Parade 2016 is on the 7th of May at 10.30am. We are happy to announce that this years theme is ‘Brighton Celebrates’.

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.

With a different imaginative theme each year – 100 Years of Cinema, The Planet, Brighton Street Names, World Food – Same Sky spends six months working behind the scenes to create the parade. Our team instruct teaching staff in how to teach dance and parade chants, run free masterclasses, help develop design ideas and encourage imagination to flow.

For a list of road closures and route map, click here.

This year for the first time ever there is a Children’s Parade Facebook page! You can use this page to share pictures, see how we’re getting ready and keep up to date with new information.  Click Here to be taken to the all new Children’s Parade facebook page. 

This fantastic video was made by Jeb Hardwick.

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