Local Children Lead Festivities for St George’s Day 2024 in Gravesend and Dartford

Local Children Lead Festivities for St George's Day 2024 in Gravesend and Dartford

St George’s Day 2024: Local Children Lead Festivities in Gravesend and Dartford

The streets of Gravesend and Dartford were filled with the joyful sounds of celebration today as hundreds of children took part in St George’s Day parades. The annual event, organized by arts charity Cohesion Plus, saw pupils from over 25 schools come together to honor the patron saint of England.

In Gravesend, a life-like St George and his dragon greeted the crowds, while entertainers such as North Indian Dhol acts, folk musicians, and morris dancers added to the festive atmosphere. The children, brandishing themed shields, dragons, and signs, marched through the town center in a colorful procession.

The celebrations continued in Dartford, where another pupil-led parade took place at noon. Both events ended with special flag-raising ceremonies, held in partnership with local authorities, the Kent Equality Cohesion Council, and Arts Council England.

But the festivities are not over yet. This weekend, Scouts across Kent will be joining parades to mark St George’s Day. In Maidstone, the annual parade will take place at 1:30pm, while in Ramsgate, St George’s Church will collaborate with the Great British Carnival for a day of celebrations, including a free costume workshop.

Of course, it’s not just children who are participating in the celebrations. Many pubs in the area are offering special deals on food and drinks to mark the occasion. Shepherd’s Neame, for example, is giving out a free pint of Spitfire Lager at participating pubs from Monday to Friday.

Unfortunately, not all St George’s Day events went smoothly. In Whitehall, six people were arrested during a celebration today due to disorder breaking out. Videos on social media show police detaining individuals involved in the disturbance. Despite this, the majority of St George’s Day events in Kent have been a great success, bringing the local community together to celebrate their patron saint.

The text and images in this article are generated with the assistance of AI and may contain errors. Please verify any important information as we cannot accept any responsibility for incorrect information.

Scroll to Top