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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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Children’s Parade

Supported by Yeomans Toyota Brighton & University of Brighton

Brighton Festival kicks off with this annual opening parade, which sees around 5,000 children from scores of schools and community organisations parading through the city in an explosion of sound and colour. This year’s theme, in honour of Brighton Festivals visual artist Guest Director David Shrigley, is ‘Paintings’. Each school has been allocated an artwork to take away and explore in detail before they reveal the results of their hard work in front of thousands of spectators.

Young people and their teachers will be hitting the streets of Brighton with art on their minds…and in their costumes, music and carnival structures. So join the arty-party to help the Festival create the first masterpiece of 2018!

Schools and their flag numbers

For a route map and timings click here

Check out our stunning video of last years parade made for us by the lovely Jeb Hardwick.

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

Visit the 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. 


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