Children's Parade opens Brighton Festival

5,000 local schoolchildren

The Children’s Parade has opened the Brighton Festival for over 25 years and is a well loved Brighton tradition. Over 5,000 local school children, from infant to secondary pupils, parade in costumes of their own design and make.

This year’s theme is ‘taking flight’:

‘Taking flight symbolises the many imaginative leaps and creative flights of fancy that teachers, parents and children invest in the Children’s Parade each year. This year we will be exploring everything from Pegasus to phantom jets and sparrows to spaceships.’ (Pippa Smith)

The parade is always well supported with an average of approximately 10,000 spectators. This procession of dance and drama is the largest children’s event in the country. Today the weather was kind and although it was a little chilly, there was none of the rain that had marred the day in previous years.

Well done to all the children involved and their parents, teachers and helpers. We are so proud of your enthusiasm and enterprise!

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