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South Tyneside's maritime history and sights of the seaside will be celebrated when the annual festival parade sails through South Shields this summer.


Visitors to the town will be submersed ‘under the sea' as Maritime Mayhem forms the central theme of this year's Summer Parade - a key highlight of the free three-month South Tyneside Festival.

Pirates, Poseidon, giant octopuses and sea serpents are just some of the colourful characters which will feature in the carnival-style parade alongside spectacular floats adorned with nautical colours and decorations, marching bands, stilt walkers, puppets, dance troupes and a Yellow Submarine!

The theme of this year's event was chosen to celebrate the Borough's rich maritime heritage with its international links through seafaring, marine engineering, boat restoration and shipbuilding, which included the first purpose-built lifeboat. It will also commemorate 150 years of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade as well as showcase familiar sights and sounds of South Tyneside as a vibrant coastal community.

The parade will sail through South Shields on Saturday 2 July, on a voyage from the Town Hall along Fowler Street and Ocean Road to the seafront, where the entertainment will continue with live music and maritime themed family friendly activities in Bents Park.

South Tyneside Council has enlisted local community interest company, Creative Seed to direct the parade. The company has a proven track record for its creative community projects and has been involved in delivering previous summer parades as well as the Borough's Christmas entertainment.

Creative Seed will be working with local schools, dance troupes and community groups to develop creative ideas and choreography as well as fabulous costumes and colourful decorations for the floats.

The Summer Parade is being delivered thanks to sponsorship from local award-winning seafood business, Colmans Fish and Chips and the Port of Tyne.

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