Horsham’s first ever Children’s Parade brings the streets alive with a riot of vibrant colour, joyous music and imaginative dance!
Horsham Children’s Parade 2019. © Happy Accidents CIC. Photo: www.jimcareyphotography.co.uk
On Sunday 7 July, children from 17 Horsham District schools showcased the fantastic models and costumes they had made in school with professional community artists from Same Sky, the organisation behind the Brighton Children’s Parade.
As part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, the chosen theme was Art & Artists and each school interpreted the work of an artist in their own imaginative way: Kingslea Primary created a giant bust of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo; Northolmes Junior turned themselves into Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’; Rusper Primary donned glorious orange costumes and paraded their giant ‘Tree of Life’, by Gustav Klimt, while Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee got surreal with Salvador Dali, dressing up as his melting clocks from ‘The Persistence of Memory’.
Leechpool Primary took on street artist, Banksy, Heron Way Primary Picasso-esque portraits, Holy Trinity Primary Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, All Saints CE Primary Monet’s ‘Waterlilies’ and Southwater Junior Academy Jackson Pollock’s ‘splatter’ style paintings.
Greenway Academy made a Yayoi Kusama-inspired ‘Octopumpkin’, while Holbrook Primary created a multitude of butterflies to represent Damien Hirst’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ paintings and Shipley CE Primary went vibrant with the colourful work of Joss Rossita.
St Andrew’s CE Primary represented Georgia O’Keefe, St Robert’s Southwell RC Primary Leonardo Da Vinci, St John’s Catholic Primary Romero Britto, Arunside Primary Bridget Riley, and North Heath Community Primary Kandinsky. Each and every school created amazing models and costumes to present at this truly inspiring and joyous community event.
The carnivalesque atmosphere was taken to the max with infectious beats and rhythms, provided by Horsham’s Boom Tribe and Brighton’s Boco Olofi, which got both paraders and audiences dancing in the street.
Hundreds of people lined the route to wave and cheer the parade on from its start at Denne Road, along East and West Street, through the Carfax and up North Parade where it entered Horsham Park and became part of the Funday Sunday, ending in front of the main stage where they were welcomed by local entertainer Ollie Heath, and a few words by Jeremy Quinn (MP for Horsham) and HDC Cllr and Chair, Kate Rowbottom.
Things then moved to the eye-catching yellow and white marquee where Happy Accidents CIC held a mini-exhibition of the schools’ models, and visitors could take part in some ‘have a go’ creative activities with local community artists, Aleida Strowger, Annalees Lim and Morag Warrack, including landscape drawing, making Frida masks, Pop Art headbands and collaborating on a community mural.
Aleida Strowger, Founder of Community Arts Organisation, Happy Accidents, who initiated the project, said: “This has been such an exciting and inspiring journey. All the schools really threw themselves into the project and I was stunned to see the incredible models and costumes they had created.”
“It was a pleasure and privilege to work with the schools and with Same Sky, whose Children’s Parade in Brighton was the inspiration for ours and the creative and production engine behind it. Both worked extremely hard to ensure that this was a well-organised, fun and inspiring event.
“Massive thanks to Arts Council England, Horsham District Year of Culture, West Sussex County Council, Saxon Weald and all those who generously donated to our crowdfunding campaign – you all believed in the project and saw its incredible value, not just to the schools involved but for the wider community who are united by such joyous events. We’re already seeing the community calling for the parade to be an annual event. Here’s hoping!”
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