Watch as the Red Dream Parade goes through Preston

Posted on - 23rd September, 2018 - 4:31pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Videos
A tank and banner makes its way into Friargate past Wilco's Pic: Tom Costello
A tank and banner makes its way into Friargate past Wilko’s Pic: Tom Costello

A giant lobster, the sound of samba beats and women on stilts were just some of the magical creatures making their way through the city for the Red Dream Parade.


Part of the grand finale of the three-day Lancashire Encounter festival in Preston the parade saw more than 400 participants make their way from the Adelphi roundabout to Winckley Square.

The weather turned fair, apart from a short and light shower at the Harris, for the procession.

Read more: See all the updates from three days of Lancashire Encounter

Marking the third day of the Encounter it featured community groups from across Lancashire who dressed up and performed in the parade.

The parade was 15-minutes late setting off as some of the performers were stuck in tailbacks on the M6 from an earlier crash at Charnock Richard.

Once underway the procession had thumping drums marching up Friargate and across the Ringway, hanging a left up Orchard Street and making their way up along the side of the new Preston Market.

Watch our full video report from the Encounter’s Red Dream Parade below

After going by the Guild Hall and the Town Hall they marched along the front of the Harris and across the Flag Market before joining Fishergate.

A left onto Chapel Street, before risking a bus lane fine, and they made their way around Winckley Square and reached the end opposite where Solita used to be.

Jack Bamber, one of the team behind the parade, said: “It’s been an absolute red dream to put on.

“The parade itself went all and we had a good turnout from the people of Preston.

“We chose red because it is the colour that unites the county. It is the Lancashire rose and we wanted to work that into all of the parade and the groups who took part.”

Jack Bamber post-parade in Winckley Square
Jack Bamber post-parade in Winckley Square

More than 35,000 people have seen the Encounter events since Friday evening when the festival began.

Read more: Watch as BLOCK performed in Winckley Square

The festival is a biennial, taking place every other year, in Preston and aims to showcase the arts and culture of the county.

Have you been to Lancashire Encounter? What did you think of the parade? Let us know your views in the comments below

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