Local groups wanted for Mayor’s Parade

Organisations across the borough are being encouraged to enter this year’s Mayor’s Parade on Saturday 14 July.

The Mayor’s Parade is one of the highlights of the year, as thousands of local people get together to celebrate the annual civic tradition.

This year’s theme is volunteering – and while entrants are encouraged to embrace the volunteering theme, all ideas are welcome.

Entries are already coming in thick and fast so far – but more are needed to make this year’s Mayor’s Parade one to remember.

The parade provides an excellent opportunity for local organisations to promote what they do to the thousands of people who attend.

This year, there are three new categories to be judged, including Best Charity Entry, Best Business Entry and Best Classic Vehicle Entry, to complement existing categories of Best Float Entry, Best Walking Group and the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Parade.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green, said: “The Mayor’s Parade is all about celebrating the best of Barnsley and I can’t wait to see this year’s entries, which I’m sure will be fantastic.

“It’s a brilliant way for businesses and groups to show their creativity and also raise awareness of what they do. With lots of wonderful things to see this year, I’m sure it will be a great day out for all.”

Entry forms for the parade can be requested by emailing: eventplanning@barnsley.gov.uk   

This year’s parade will feature a new route through the town centre, as well as a wide range of entertainment – including two special events.

Parade spectators will be able to step into the future and have a look at what the town centre will look like in 2020 with the Virtual Barnsley experience.

Built by IBI Group – the architect for The Glass Works - the tour allows locals to explore the completed Glass Works and town centre using the power of state-of-the-art virtual reality.

The VR transports you into the future so you can look around the completed markets, walk over the new Jumble Lane footbridge, explore the public realm and take a tour around the Glass Works, which will include a Cineworld, Superbowl UK and anchor retailer Next, as well as restaurants and other retailers.

Meanwhile, locals will be gripped by Wimbledon fever when a giant screen appears outside the town hall for the Wimbledon finals which take place on the same weekend.

Both the women’s and men’s singles finals will be shown on the screen, while popular family movies will be shown during the morning.

Don’t forget to visit the popular Star Wars exhibition ‘May the toys be with you’ at the town hall. Mayor’s Parade weekend is the last weekend the showcase will be in Barnsley, so don’t miss out.

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