Preston parade route confirmed for Lancashire Encounter Festival

Posted on - 18th August, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston, Winckley Square
Walking on by the arts wheel
One of the art installations wheeling around the city at a previous Lancashire Encounter

Jazz funk, puppets and a papier-mache donkey will be dancing through the streets of Preston in September.


Lancashire Encounter Festival returns to the city and Preston City Council have confirmed the parade route.

Branded The Red Dream Parade it will take place on Sunday 23 September and be an afternoon celebration of Lancashire pride and show off the Red Rose county.

Encounter is a three-day celebration of arts and creativity in the city and takes place at venues throughout Preston and in public spaces such as the Flag Market.

Read more: What to expect at this year’s Lancashire Encounter

Cabinet member for culture and leisure councillor Peter Kelly said: “Plans are now really coming together for Lancashire Encounter in September.

“The Sunday parade really is a county wide celebration of what Lancashire means to us all.”

Community groups from across Lancashire are taking part in the parade.

What is the parade route?

It begins at the Adelphi pub at 1.30pm.

It then goes down Friargate, into Orchard Street and up past the new market.

It then turns into Earl Street, Lancaster Rad, Harris Street and comes to the Flag Market by the Harris.

The parade then goes down Fishergate, Chapel Street and ends in Winckley Square around 3pm.

Lighter nights – Shadow in Winckley Square. Pic: @chrisdarley

Read more: See what’s happening in the city with our what’s on in Preston section

Will roads be closed?

Yes, road closures are expected throughout the Sunday afternoon and these will be posted nearer the time.

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