A whopping 55 organisations have signed up for this year’s Mayor’s Parade, making it the biggest ever. A number of the most recent Mayor’s Parades have been on foot only, but this year’s promises to be reminiscent of the parades we remember from our youth.
The parade will take place in the town centre on Saturday 13th July and will see groups taking inspiration from Barnsley’s past, present and future to show off their unique entries.
Amongst the colourful parade the gathered crowds will see the Barnsley Blackhearts Roller Derby team, our local Air and Sea Cadets, the Northern Classic Car Club, Barnsley Council’s School Crossing Patrol team accompanied by the electric car and electric bikes, Woodhead Mountain Rescue squad, South Yorkshire Fire Service, numerous schools and Barnsley Swimming Club
The Parade will be lead this year by the Barnsley Chronicle Band, with the Frumptarn Guggen Band and special guest band Gassafetza from twin town Schwabisch Gmund bringing their own brand of musical mayhem to the celebration.
Local businesses are also supporting the event – ASDA, Holiday Inn, The Entertainer, Barclays Bank, Nat West, The Alhambra and Tyke Racing – are all entering floats, walking groups and vehicles.
One of the more unusual sights to watch out for will be Piff-Paff, a groundbreaking theatre company, who will be performing on a mobile trapeze rig, followed by afternoon performances at the Town Hall Gardens, outside of the newly opened Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre. Also performing here will be the Barnsley Metropolitan Concert Band.
In order to allow people to really get into the spirit of the day, an arts activity session will take place in Mandela Gardens from 10.30am. Families will be able to make their own flags to wave on the parade entrants.
The parade schedule will be as follows:
10.30am Entry judging to begin at Upper Courthouse car park
11.30am Trophy presentation
11.45am All parade participants to be in place at the start point, Upper Courthouse car park.
12noon The parade moves off.
1pm (approx) Parade ends.
A variety of stalls will be located around Cheapside, May Day Green and Queen Street through the parade.
Please note, due to the parade taking place there will be a number of town centre road closures on Saturday, 13 July between 9am and 5pm.
The roads affected are: Sadler Gate, Church Street, St. Mary’s Gate, Eastgate, Royal Street, Regent Street, Hanson Street, County Way, Eldon Street, Regent Street South, Burlington Arcade, Kendray Street, Queen Street, May Day Green, Cheapside, New Street, Hayes Croft, Albert Street, Wellington Street, Market Street, Pall Mall, Wortley Street, Lower Castlereagh Street, Blucher Street, Pitt Street, Peel Street, Peel Square, Market Hill, George Yard, Barnsley town centre.
Entry forms are still available via firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: 01226 775728 to request
Collect in person at: Cooper Gallery and Cannon Hall receptions or Elsecar Heritage Centre Visitor Centre.