Mythical creatures set for annual parade taking place in South Shields

The South Tyneside Summer Parade 2017.
The South Tyneside Summer Parade 2017.

A range of mythical creatures and frightening monsters will be heading to South Shields for the annual summer parade.

A giant phoenix, a man-eating plant, a double-headed unicorn and a glittering, golden, three-headed elephant are just some of the creatures that will be on display on Saturday.

South Tyneside Summer Parade 2016

South Tyneside Summer Parade 2016

About 2,000 people will be taking part in the parade – which is the biggest carnival of its kind in the North East – all reflecting this year’s theme of Monsters, Myths and Magic.

Leading the way will be six incredible floats, created by South Tyneside-based carnival experts Creative Seed.

Sandy Harris, of the Creative Seed said: “This year is going to be more spectacular than ever before. We have created some absolutely stunning pieces for the floats as well as some spectacular costumes and hopefully everyone is going to be totally blown away by what they see.”

The floats include a phoenix which will appear to be rising from flames and a version of Audrey, the man-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors.

Creative Seed will also be bringing its Great North Carnival float and a princess carriage, complete with a pink fairy.

The parade starts at 1pm and will travel past South Shields Town Hall, down Fowler Street, along Ocean Road and into the Bents Park.

Inside, visitors will be treated to a host of entertainment including live music, street entertainers and a performance from Michael Jackson tribute act James Aston.

South Shields footballers will travel on an open- topped double decker bus, in recognition of the team being crowned 17/18 Evo-Stick North Division champions.

Coun Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “The Summer Parade this year has all the ingredients to be one of the best we have ever seen in the long history of the event.

“It’s going to be an absolutely spectacular day and we hope thousands of people turn out to line the route and support all those taking part.”

For details on the South Tyneside Festival, including four free Sunday Concerts next month featuring top acts such as Pixie Lott, The Vamps, Scouting for Girls and Heather Small, visit www.southtynesidefestival.co.uk, or follow SouthTynesideEvents on facebook and @stynesideevents on twitter.