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Children's Parade is roaring success

The Argus: This year's Children's Parade was a huge success This year's Children's Parade was a huge success

This year’s Children’s Parade was as successful as ever.

Thousands of people gathered in Brighton at 10.30am on Saturday for the event which heralded the start of the three-week Brighton Festival and Fringe.

It is estimated about 5,000 school children from across the city took part – most dressed in elaborate costumes.

The mood of the event, this year themed “the arts”, was jubilant. Pupils were dressed as pirates, clocks and characters from films.

Music played as children and school staff took the streets. Ebony Watts, 34, of Moulsecoomb walked alongside her son Malakai, nine.

Malakai, a pupil at Moulsecoomb Primary in The Highway, Brighton, played the drums.

“It’s great,” he said.

“I’m having a great time.”

His mother added: “It’s a fantastic event.”

The children of Moulsecoomb Primary were led in their drumming by samba teacher Chris Taylor, of Brighton, who has helped for the past 15 years.

His wife Nicky, who joined in the fun, said: “He loves it and the children really enjoy it.”

Lizzie Marmion, whose daughter Millie, seven, attends St John the Baptist Catholic Primary in Whitehawk Hill Road, Brighton, said she was having a great time.

The 41-year-old cheered as Millie, dressed as a Von Trapp child from The Sound of Music, went past.

Millie added: “I’m having lots of fun.”

Pupils and staff from Fairlight Primary in St Leonards Road, Brighton, dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz.

The theme were organised by teachers Janine Lilly and Michelle Marshall – both dressed as Dorothy.

Mrs Lilly said: “It’s fantastic.

“The children and parents have really got into it and put an enormous amount of effort in.

“We’ve got 90 children here.”

Heather Turnbull, of Queens Park, Brighton, watched her daughter Olivia who played the role of a snake – park of The Jungle Book. Olivia, eight, is a pupil at St Luke’s Primary in Queens Park Rise, Brighton.

Her mother said: “She loves it.

“She is having a great time.”

Olivia said: “I’m having really good fun.”

Liam Collington, 34, watched daughter Jasmine, eight, in her 1920s-style flapper outfit.

The youngster joined fellow pupils at Woodingdean Primary in Warren Road who were dressed as Bugsy Malone characters.

“I’m having lots of fun,” Jasmine said, while her father added: “It’s really great.”

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5:09pm Sat 3 May 14

her professional says...

Wonderful stuff, what Brighton & Hove's all about. Where's the moanerati?
Wonderful stuff, what Brighton & Hove's all about. Where's the moanerati? her professional
  • Score: 9

6:59pm Sat 3 May 14

Eddddd27 says...

Great, Great fun - well done to all involved!

But come on shmargus "St John the Baptist school in whitehawk hill road in HOVE??????" Such a shame the 'local' paper is such a joke.
Great, Great fun - well done to all involved! But come on shmargus "St John the Baptist school in whitehawk hill road in HOVE??????" Such a shame the 'local' paper is such a joke. Eddddd27
  • Score: 7

7:17pm Sat 3 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Well done to ALL the children they put such great effort into it,the best start the festival could possibly have.
Well done to ALL the children they put such great effort into it,the best start the festival could possibly have. clubrob6
  • Score: 11

7:26pm Sat 3 May 14

Andrew40Brighton says...

Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England. Andrew40Brighton
  • Score: -35

8:34pm Sat 3 May 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
get a life
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]get a life whatevernext2013
  • Score: 10

8:56pm Sat 3 May 14

HJarrs says...

So much effort goes into this parade and it is a truly wonderful spectacle. I wish the Argus in future would give us a few more articles about those involved in the lead up to the event.
So much effort goes into this parade and it is a truly wonderful spectacle. I wish the Argus in future would give us a few more articles about those involved in the lead up to the event. HJarrs
  • Score: 10

5:57am Sun 4 May 14

Nellie's Grandson says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
Don't be so bloody miserable, it was not a surprise event, people should plan.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]Don't be so bloody miserable, it was not a surprise event, people should plan. Nellie's Grandson
  • Score: 12

7:28am Sun 4 May 14

cathykate says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
well unlike March For England this parade was actually for/made/by local children families from Brighton!! It is our city as well!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]well unlike March For England this parade was actually for/made/by local children families from Brighton!! It is our city as well! cathykate
  • Score: 20

8:46am Sun 4 May 14

KimGrin says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
You didn't mention Pride!Or the Brighton Marathon!Or any of the other fabulous events that shut the town!This event should start on Madeira Drive,travel along London Road and finish in Preston Park for a day of fun!As it is,walking through the back streets,having to wait to cross North Street for a straggly ending on the beach is not the greatest way to celebrate the children of this town.
As for your elderly neighbours,there are 2 other stations in Brighton,there should be no need to miss a train.And 2 separate tickets? It is far cheaper to purchase a saver ticket.Then you can use as many buses as you like.I am assuming they were returning home?
This is an amazing event and the children put in a lot of hard work( as do the schools and parents).It should in no way be compared to the March for England.
Next year as on all previous years the Childrens Parade will be on the first Saturday in May.I suggest you and your neighbours stay at home.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]You didn't mention Pride!Or the Brighton Marathon!Or any of the other fabulous events that shut the town!This event should start on Madeira Drive,travel along London Road and finish in Preston Park for a day of fun!As it is,walking through the back streets,having to wait to cross North Street for a straggly ending on the beach is not the greatest way to celebrate the children of this town. As for your elderly neighbours,there are 2 other stations in Brighton,there should be no need to miss a train.And 2 separate tickets? It is far cheaper to purchase a saver ticket.Then you can use as many buses as you like.I am assuming they were returning home? This is an amazing event and the children put in a lot of hard work( as do the schools and parents).It should in no way be compared to the March for England. Next year as on all previous years the Childrens Parade will be on the first Saturday in May.I suggest you and your neighbours stay at home. KimGrin
  • Score: 12

8:55am Sun 4 May 14

BrightonHoveboy says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
Yes, no problems with this other than the timing. Could it not be at 3pm? It would cause lots less chaos and allow many more children to get here and enjoy the day
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]Yes, no problems with this other than the timing. Could it not be at 3pm? It would cause lots less chaos and allow many more children to get here and enjoy the day BrightonHoveboy
  • Score: 1

10:18am Sun 4 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.
Always someone got to moan about something that makes this city special,this event is my favourite of the year and the children put great effort into it.You cant compare this to the MFE that just attracts thugs from both sides.The childrens march shows how things should be done WELL DONE.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: Why was it necessary to stage this so that it runs straight through the middle of North Street on a busy Saturday lunchime and all the East - West buses were forced to terminate at the Old Steine, and the ones the other way couldnt get through either? Two elderly neighbours missed their train as they found themselves dropped there instead of the station and there were many other very disgruntled bus passengers who found themselves having to pay for two separate tickets. With the chaotic state of the Brighton roads, especially with all the diversions on the sea front, this should take place in somewhere like Preston Park or Madiera Drive so that it doesn't wreck the day for everyone else. I am sure it was a lovely event but in it's own way it is just as disruptive as the March For England.[/p][/quote]Always someone got to moan about something that makes this city special,this event is my favourite of the year and the children put great effort into it.You cant compare this to the MFE that just attracts thugs from both sides.The childrens march shows how things should be done WELL DONE. clubrob6
  • Score: 6

3:29pm Sun 4 May 14

Andrew40Brighton says...

People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc.

The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people.

It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance.
People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc. The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people. It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance. Andrew40Brighton
  • Score: -5

5:59pm Sun 4 May 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc.

The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people.

It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance.
don t you like children ,the event has been advertised for months ,you talk about pride it blocks the whole town up takes over a public park and its followers engage in lewd acts in public ,the other events also block up the city but as people are aware of these events they plan ahead and avoid the area if they dont want to attend ,even the football causes chaos ,but this also can be avoided if you plan ahead ,just be honest you hate kids having fun
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc. The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people. It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance.[/p][/quote]don t you like children ,the event has been advertised for months ,you talk about pride it blocks the whole town up takes over a public park and its followers engage in lewd acts in public ,the other events also block up the city but as people are aware of these events they plan ahead and avoid the area if they dont want to attend ,even the football causes chaos ,but this also can be avoided if you plan ahead ,just be honest you hate kids having fun whatevernext2013
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Sun 4 May 14

Sophie29 says...

Andrew40Brighton wrote:
People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc.

The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people.

It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance.
I actually take the opposing view that they should have closed off more of the streets. New road, Jubilee St and Church Street were packed with people and children all watching the parade, yet there were still cars zooming up and down Church St.
It was a fantastic event.

However, I do agree they didn't advertise the disruption very well. Usually there are signs advising of delays due to the parade weeks in advance and I didn't see them this year (although there must have been some?)
[quote][p][bold]Andrew40Brighton[/bold] wrote: People seem to completely miss the point. As I said, I have no doubt it was a great event but why cause so much disruption to everyone else by closing such a major road? Unlike Pride or the Marathon, both of which have Brighton wide notices and information, this simply didn't and it was very problematic for many people, especially for older people trying to get across town, to the station or Churchill Sq from the whole of Kemptown/Whitehawk etc. The parents of those taking part obviously know, I am sure that the children enjoyed it but it is also justifiable to ask why it is necessary to close the road and also not inform most people. It should be possible for the organisers to have a route that doesn't clog up the whole town. at the busiest time. There are many great events in Brighton - that is what makes it special, but most are either in Madiera Drive, such as Sport Relief Mile, the speed trials or the culmination of all the London to Brighton events or else are very very well signposted in advance.[/p][/quote]I actually take the opposing view that they should have closed off more of the streets. New road, Jubilee St and Church Street were packed with people and children all watching the parade, yet there were still cars zooming up and down Church St. It was a fantastic event. However, I do agree they didn't advertise the disruption very well. Usually there are signs advising of delays due to the parade weeks in advance and I didn't see them this year (although there must have been some?) Sophie29
  • Score: 2

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