Take part in the virtual Mayor’s Parade

Annual event goes online on Saturday 11 July for the first time in its 50 year history

Families, households, local groups and businesses are being encouraged to enter this year’s Mayor’s Parade – which will take place online for the first time in its history.

A highlight of the year, the Mayor’s Parade usually draws thousands of people into the town centre – but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will take part in the comfort of your living room as part of Barnsley’s Big Weekend Online.

And we want you to take part.

We want you to make your own parade entries from home. Whether you and your family get creative by designing your own mini float, show us your moves in a Tik Tok dance video or whatever idea you have in mind, we want to see your entries.

All we need is for you to send us a video of your creation, and we’ll broadcast it alongside all the other entries to the people of Barnsley via social media on Saturday 11 July.

As well as marking the parade’s landmark birthday, this year’s theme will also celebrate our wonderful town of Barnsley. No pressure – but if your entry includes something related to our town, we’ll be impressed.

Prizes will be also available, with the Mayor of Barnsley judging each entry. 

The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham, said: “The Mayor’s Parade is always about celebrating the best of Barnsley and we want this year to be no different as we move online.

At this unique and challenging time this is a brilliant way for everyone to show their creativity at home and I can’t wait to see this year’s online entries.

Visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/events for full details of how to get involved, including a step-by-step video guide with creative ideas to help you prepare your entry. 

Video entries should be up to 20 seconds long and are welcome from families, households, groups, charities, schools, businesses or organisations from across the borough. 

This year’s virtual Mayor’s Parade is part of our digital response to maintain the town’s event programme – and the parade will be part of Barnsley’s Big Weekend Online.

The Big Weekend will feature content from Barnsley Libraries – as we celebrate the first birthday of Library @ the Lightbox, Barnsley Museums, Pride Barnsley, Barnsley Live and more. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for more information.

For more information, view the event page on Facebook and follow the hashtags #MayorsParade50 #BarnsleysBigWeekendOnline. 

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