A fiesta of colour, costume and live music
Opening Brighton Festival, the annual Children's Parade has been delivered in partnership with Same Sky, and enjoyed by participants and spectators since launching in 1985.
Working with parents, teachers and 5000 young people from across Brighton along with artists, musicians and choreographers, the annual event is always a whirlwind of colour, music, dance and fun!
With a different theme each year, children from over 60 schools and community organisations (as well as teachers and parents), create costumes and props in the lead up to the parade. Often an event itself, schools offer master-classes in the art of papier-mâché, gluing, painting and using cardboard and split cane to create the magnificent props, to be paraded through the streets of Brighton alongside live music, dance and a lively atmosphere no matter what the weather.
Children's Parade 2020
Jointly produced with arts charity Same Sky, the Children’s Parade will take place on Sat 2 May 2020 to mark the start of Brighton Festival. The theme for 2020, Nature’s Marvels, will celebrate the wonders of flora and fauna from around the world, as well as reflecting on the urgent need to protect and conserve the planet’s natural environment. 2020 marks the end of the UN Decade on Biodiversity and the Nature 2020 initiative will see organisations across the county actively engaging in events to celebrate Brighton and Lewes’ Downs biosphere and the living coast. Supported by Southern Water.
1996 - Celebrating 100 years of film
1999 – Tunes and Tales
2000 – Masquerade
2001 – Around the World in 80 Minutes
2002 – Paradise Gardens
2003 – City Streets of Brighton
2004 – Children’s Classics
2005 – All the World’s a Stage
2006 – World Cuisine
2007 – Inventors and Inventions
2008 – Children’s Games
2009 – The Elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water
2010 – The Planet
2011 – The Rights of a Child: The Right to a Future, to Play, to Nurture and to an Education
2012 – A Story of Stories
2013 – The Alphabet
2014 – The Arts (Dance, Theatre, Song and Painting)
2015 – Taking Flight
2016 – Brighton Celebrates
2017 – Poetry in Motion
2018 - Paintings
2020 - Nature's Marvels