We are the Worthing Childrens Parade
Worthing Children’s Parade project organises workshops and arts activities in schools, culminating in a carnival parade in the town centre in June. The themes for each year are based upon popular children’s book 2015 was Alice in Wonderland, 2016 was James and the Giant Peach, 2017 was characters from Julia Donaldson's books and 2018 parade will be based upon characters from the Harry Potter books.
Basing each parade on children's literature allows the schools and other learning settings that take part the opportunity to make cross-curricular links with the arts and literacy. Over the last few years we have also teamed up with Worthing Library and Worthing Museum and Art gallery and held book readings and art workshops in the run up to the parade day.
This dynamic day of music, dance and creative arts has a 2-way benefit for schools and the wider community, as the parade snakes through the town centre with its infectious samba music. People gather along the route to watch the parade pass and wonder in amazement at the fantastic designs and sculptures the children and teachers have made, with the help of their visiting artist. Finally the children are welcomed back to Steyne Gardens at the end of the parade by local dignitaries and a fun filled free charity fair organised by Guild Care.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the community and families to come together and celebrate the achievements of our local school children with a free-of-cost event during the summer.
The aim is for young people to participate in and enjoy a high-profile arts event involving the wider community
Our main aims are:
* To provide a multidisciplinary arts parade for the town
* To provide the opportunity for young people to work with professional artists
* For teachers to develop their own arts skills
* For schools to work together and share ideas and information
* For schools to be involved in community cohesion
* For children to be able to display to the public the art they produce in school