One of the biggest carnival parades in the North, the hugely popular South Tyneside Festival Summer Parade returns on Saturday 30 June and will be based around the theme of Monsters, Myths & Magic.
Around 2,000 people from across the area will be joining professional carnival artists in the parade, again under the artistic direction of the talented team at Creative Seed.
Expect lots of amazing costumes, fantastic floats and fabulous song and dance as the parade makes its way from South Shields Town Hall to Bents Park on the seafront, where there will be even more entertainment all afternoon long.
Come face-to-face with a moving phoenix and a double headed unicorn. Marvel at a magical carriage and be enchanted by sparkling winged fairies. See a giant three-headed golden elephant inspired by the Hindu tale of Ganesh. And cheer on loads of monsters as they make their way along the parade route.
The free fun continues all afternoon at Bents Park. Take a selfie with the amazing parade floats, come and meet Smoked the giant dragon and his knight, and enjoy the music, refreshments, activities and entertainment in what will be a great afternoon.
One of the highlights at Bents Park will be a stunning retelling of the classic Greek story of Icarus, led by the talented team at Southpaw Dance Company. A spectacular performance on what will be a spectacular day!
Michael Jackson impersonator James Aston will also be performing some of the King of Pop's biggest hits in Bents Park, in what will be a packed programme of entertainment to mark the end of the parade.
Many thanks to the support of Port of Tyne, Colmans Seafood Temple, BBC Newcastle and Arts Council England.
For more information on the three month long South Tyneside Festival go to www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk, and like our facebook page South Tyneside Events or follow us on twitter STynesideEvents.
Our Summer Parade is part of the Inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North programme of events taking place throughout the summer across the north, celebrating our fantastic arts and culture. Find out more at: Inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North