The Children's Parade

A fiesta of colour, costume and live music

The Children's Parade kick starts Brighton Festival every year. Due to the pandemic, this year's Parade will take a different format. The annual Children's Parade has been delivered in partnership with Same Sky, and enjoyed by participants and spectators since launching in 1985.

In previous years, this involved 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.

Brighton Festival Children's Parade 2019
1996

Celebrating 100 years of Film

1999

Tunes and Tails

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

2019

Folk Tales from Around the World

2020

Children's Parade at Home 

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