The Good Friday Procession of Witness, organised by the South Shields Sunday School Union, has taken place since early Victorian times.
But Covid measures meant the event could not take place in 2020 or 2021.
The 170th anniversary of the founding of the parade was cancelled in 2021 and organisers put together a special online service and events to mark the occasion instead.
But the event was back in full swing today, Friday, April 15, with church members making up for lost time as they paraded through the streets on what was a glorious spring morning.
Marchers gathered at Living Waters Church in Laygate at 9am before setting off along Bedford Avenue, towards Westoe Road, past South Shields Town Hall and along Fowler Street, where they were joined by Bethesda Church, the Salvation Army and Westoe Baptist Church.
Living Waters pastor Elizabeth Smith was delighted to see the return of the parade, saying: “It is good for everyone to see that our churches are still very much alive.
"Meeting on-line has been lovely for people who may have been a little bit cautious about coming to church during the pandemic and we still have some services on-line but we have seen people coming back to church.
"It’s fantastic to be able to get together with the other churches and celebrate the 171st parade.”
Marchers from The People’s Mission Church at the Lawe Top set off shortly after and the groups joined together at the junction of King Street and Mile End Road.
The route traditionally took in Keppel Street, with the marchers heading along the road to their final destination at the Market Place.
But the parade took on a new route this year to help minimise disruption to bus services at the new transport interchange, with marchers heading along King Street to the market instead.
Marchers then returned to their respective churches.
The parades traditionally held in the Harton/Horsley Hill and West Park areas of South Shields were postponed for this year.