Local Students Prepare for Vibrant St George’s Day Parades in Dartford and Gravesend

Local Students Prepare for Vibrant St George's Day Parades in Dartford and Gravesend

Local Students to Participate in Annual St George’s Day Parades in Dartford and Gravesend

As the annual celebration of England’s patron saint approaches, students from schools in Dartford and Gravesend are gearing up to take part in the lively St George’s Day parades. These events, organized by arts charity Cohesion Plus, aim to celebrate the cultural diversity of England and the legacy of Saint George.

The festivities will kick off with a soft launch on Saturday, April 20 in Dartford town centre. Passers-by can enjoy live music and have their picture taken with a life-like portrayal of the patron saint and his dragon. The main celebrations will take place on St George’s Day itself, Tuesday, April 23, with an array of musicians, including brass bands, North Indian Dhol acts, Southern African Djembe drummers, folk musicians, and Morris Dancers.

The highlight of the parades will be the participation of hundreds of students from over 25 schools in Dartford and Gravesend. Donning St George-themed shields, dragons, and signs, the students will march through the town centres, showcasing their hand-crafted creations from art workshops led by event partner Same Sky. The messages on these crafts will center around friendship, unity, and community, reflecting the ethos of the event.

The parades will also provide an opportunity for the community to learn about Saint George and his legacy. The festivities will start at 10:30 am in Gravesend and 1:35 pm in Dartford, featuring live music and concluding with flag raisings. These celebrations are made possible with the support of Kent Equality Cohesion Council, Dartford Council, and Arts Council England.

Gurvinder Sandher, Creative Director of Cohesion Plus, expressed his pride in producing some of the largest St George’s Day celebrations in England. Despite some challenges this year, the support of local schools, community partners, and authorities has made it possible to deliver two memorable events in Dartford and Gravesend. Sandher hopes that the community will come out and celebrate with pride, waving the flag of Saint George.

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