Photos from the Brighton Children’s Parade through the city center Brighton News

THOUSANDS enjoyed a children’s parade which marked the official opening of the Brighton Festival.

About 5,000 children descended on the city center dressed in colorful costumes with teachers and parents.

The theme for this year’s parade was “reconstruction and hope”.

The Argus: Greta Thunberg in North StreetGreta Thunberg in North Street

MP Caroline Lucas was at the parade and hailed the “powerful messages” being delivered by the schools.

She said: “Fabulous to have the children’s parade back this year and what an amazing show.

“Full of color, music and powerful messages about caring for our precious planet and all its wonderful species.

“Loved the murmur of starlings on the west pier, dragonflies, bees and swifts. In fact, it was all just awesome.

“Thank you to all participants.”

There have been continuous and complete road closures around the city, including North Road, Jubilee Street, New Road and Madeira Drive.

Back at full capacity for the first time since the pandemic, the Brighton Festival will run from May 7-19.

L'Argus: Children parading in the paradeChildren marching in the parade

Among the 150 events, exhibitions, venues and shows offered at the festival are the Children’s Parade, Riwaq and many more.

There were models of activist Greta Thunberg and broadcaster David Attenborough as part of the theme.

Meanwhile, other creations were polar bears, bees, starlings and even the Rampion wind farm.

The Argus: All smiles as the parade returns for the first time in two yearsAll smiles as the parade returned for the first time in two years

Our Lady of Lourdes Rottingdean School had pupils dressed as parrots for their parade. While Rudyard Kipling school in Chalkland Rise, Brighton designed a shipwreck with jellyfish and a shark.

Joanna Holland said: “Great turnout for the children’s parade today. The Rudyard Kipling School has created a wonderful shipwreck with jellyfish, a shark and an octopus or two.

Images from the day show a wide array of designs and colors as people lined the streets downtown.

The Argus: Mayor Alan Robins with his wife Val CrawleyMayor Alan Robins with his wife Val Crawley

Mayor Alan Robins was present for one of his last mayoral duties.

As Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, the Queen’s personal representative in Sussex, said: ‘It was such a pleasure to be on parade today and to see so many faces smiling.

“A fabulous way to kick off this year’s exciting Brighton Festival. Congratulations to everyone who participated and made it such a colorful and special occasion.

Carly Dockerill, another parent in the parade, added: “A fabulous morning at the children’s parade. Thank you to all the staff at Saint Nicolas Primary School for all their hard work.

Heathfield Community College said it wanted to add “a bit of color and noise” to the festival with its colorful display and drumming.

Rachel Darlgarno added: “Brighton at its best, colorful and creative! We had a wonderful time at the children’s parade this morning.

For more information on the Brighton Festival, visit their website.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-08 11:23:01

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