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Help lead the way on parade day

Community group leaders and performance teachers are being encouraged to draw on their imagination at a series of workshops in preparation for this year's South Tyneside Summer Parade.

The Once Upon A Time themed parade, featuring more than 2,000 children and adults alike, will take visitors on an enchanting journey of storytelling through the streets of South Shields this summer.

Creative production company Creative Seed is working with the groups in the run up to the carnival style parade and will be leading two workshops specifically designed to inspire group leaders and teachers and to discuss ideas for props and decorations for the extravagant floats, costumes and choreography.

The sessions are taking place on Wednesday 3 May, from 1pm to 3pm, and again at 6pm to 8pm, at South Tyneside College.

The Summer Parade on Saturday 1 July will weave its way from South Shields Town Hall along Fowler Street and Ocean Road to the seafront and Bents Park where the magical entertainment will continue with live music and storytelling themed family friendly activities. 

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "We look forward to welcoming community and performance groups from across the region to take part in our Summer Parade in a true display of community spirit.

"These workshops give leaders of groups and dance troupes a chance to find out more about theOnce Upon a Time theme and work with Creative Seed to develop ideas for fabulous costumes, vibrant decorations and captivating choreography, so they can get started with their members and help us make this year's Summer Parade the biggest and boldest carnival in the north east.

"The vast world of children's storytelling, magic and adventure is a wonderful concept and is sure to get imaginations running wild with endless ideas for this year's spectacular display of colour and sound."

Garner Harris, of Creative Seed, which is directing this year's parade, said: "We want to work with groups from across the region to help make this year's Summer Parade the most colourful and spectacular carnival to ever sing and dance through the streets of South Shields.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of one of the key highlights of the South Tyneside Festival and bring to life and array of intriguing characters and exciting stories from children's storytelling."

Any group leaders or performance teachers who are unable to attend the workshops but would like further information can contact South Tyneside Council's Events Team on (0191) 455 4031or email

The South Tyneside Summer Parade is being delivered with support from Arts Council England, Port of Tyne and the Council's media partner, BBC Newcastle.

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