Community groups can get involved in Summer Parade preparations

Costumes which are being developed for the Summer Parade in South Tyneside.
Costumes which are being developed for the Summer Parade in South Tyneside.

Community group leaders and performance teachers are being encouraged to use 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 a 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 for the event.

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

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

Councillor Alan Kerr, who is 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.”

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