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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 2017 – ‘Poetry in Motion’.

This annual procession of joyful music, colourful costumes and jubilant youngsters returned to the streets of Brighton on the 6th May. In an event reputed to be the biggest of its kind in Europe, the 5000 participants from more than 80 schools interpreted this year’s theme of Poetry in Motion in their own inventive ways. It was the perfect way to kick off Brighton Festival 2017!

This year the Parade was led by the Hot 8 Brass Band who brought some New Orleans style to Brighton’s streets!

Check out our stunning video of this 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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