World Cup fails to dampen enthusiasm for Folkestone Charivari Parade

Contributed by editor on Jul 08, 2018 - 02:01 PM



By Ray Duff

Despite the World Cup match between England and Sweden on Saturday afternoon, large crowds lined the route of Folkestone's 22nd Annual 'Charivari' parade.

The annual event organised by Strange Cargo Arts group was themed '60 Years of Rock and Roll'.

Samba Bands provided the music and local schools added their spectacular Rock'n'Roll creations.


Top - The front of the Parade lead by Samba Band Batala Below - Crowds throng the Leas as the Parade passes  Photos: Ray Duff


The Parade set off from The Stade just after 2pm and made its way via The Old High Street to the Town Centre, before turning off and then all the way along The Leas to the Bandstand. Hundreds of locals and visitors alike watched and cheered as the bands pass by.

Top: The next group 'clocks in' as the Parade reaches the Bandstand Below: The final Samba Band brings up the end of the Parade  Photos: Ray Duff

Thus the Martello Centre, Castle Hill Primary and St Eanswythe's Primary covered the 1950s with Skiffle. They were followed by 'The Shed', Hythe Bay School and Seabrook Primary with 1960s 'The Beatles' and more.

Top - The Mayor of Folkestone Cllr Anne Berry (left) with Brigitte Oransinski (Strange Cargo director) wait to welcome the crowds Below: The post Parade music party begins  Photos: Ray Duff

Next up were Harvey Grammar, Churchill Primary & Mundella Primary with Glam Rock creations of the 1970s.

Brockhill Park  took on the 1980s and New Romantics, as did St Peter's Primary, St Mary's Primary and Cheriton Primary schools. They were followed up by the hip hop and groove of the 1990s by Folkestone School for Girls, Stella Maris Primary, Morehall Primary and Hawkinge Primary.

Top: The School creation headpieces take a well earned siesta Below: Batala Portsmouth samba band begin the after party Photos: Ray Duff

The 'noughties' saw The Beacon, Folkestone Primary Academy, All Souls Primary and Christchurch Primary bring the theme almost up to the modern day

Following the Parade, Folkestone Town Mayor, Cllr Anne Berry welcomed all to the Bandstand area and thanked all those involved in organizing the event and the many schools and groups for their glorious creations.


She invited the crowds to enjoy the varied music events which followed the Parade through to the early evening.

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