Over 700 school children packed the streets of Horsham on Sunday 7 July to parade through the town sporting huge effigies, models and brightly coloured costumes.
The parade started at the Drill Hall in Denne Road and travelled through the historic streets to finish in Horsham Park as part of the town’s ever-popular Funday Sunday family event.
Organised by Happy Accidents, and supported by Same Sky, the parade was an official part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, supported by Horsham District Council, Horsham Festival and Funday Sunday.
The day saw 17 schools taking part from across the district after many weeks of hard work by teachers, artists and students on the huge variety of structures and pieces on parade.
Local samba band Boom Tribe led the parade through the streets, whilst Boko Olofi took up the beat midway.
Schools danced, chanted, blew whistles and even performed dance routines entertaining the hundreds of spectators who lined the streets to watch the procession, with the feedback online and in real life being overwhelmingly positive.
Commenting on the spectacle, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:
“This was a truly joyous community event for Horsham.
“It engaged with hundreds of children, parents and teachers and attracted lots of spectators.
“The sheer hard work and creativity that had gone into the models and costumes was so inspiring and contributed to an amazing atmosphere. A major ‘show and tell’ for the children and a unique opportunity for them to take part in a major cultural event.
“It was a real triumph for the Year of Culture and all those taking part. There are calls for it to become an annual event for future generations which would be a fitting legacy for the Year of Culture beyond 2019.”
Schools and groups taking part were:
QE2 Salvador Dali & Surrealism
Arunside Bridget Riley & Op Art
St Robert Southwell Leonardo Da Vinci & Inventions
Rusper Gustav Klimt & Symbolism
Shipley African Art
Greenway Yayoi Kusama & Minimalism
All Saints Monet & Impressionism
North Heath Kandinsky & Abstract Expressionism
Herons Way Pablo Picasso & Cubism
Kingslea Frida Kahlo & Mexican Folk Art
Leechpool Banksy & Street/Graffiti Art
Holbrook Damian Hurst & Conceptual Art
Southwater Jackson Pollock & Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting
Holy Trinity Vincent Van Gogh & Post Impressionism
St Andrews Georgia O’Keefe & American Modernism
St John’s Romero Britto & Contemporary Art
Northolmes Andy Warhol & Pop Art.