Christmas arrives in Teesside thanks to the Magical Middlesbrough Parade

3 December 2018 Middlesbrough, UK

Thousands of locals lined the streets around Middlesbrough Town Centre, to enjoy the stunning Christmas showpiece event. 

Christmas has officially arrived in Teesside this year, thanks to the spectacular efforts off hundreds of volunteers, performers and school children who took part in the Magical Middlesbrough Parade.

With music and colour filling the air, parade performers including very special guests, Santa Claus and four of his magical reindeer, helped dust some festive cheer onto onlookers, as they passed through the streets of Middlesbrough Town Centre.

Starting from the Campus Heart of Teesside University at 1pm on Sunday, the parade sashayed its way across Southfield Road, down Linthorpe Road, across towards Albert Road and past Middlesbrough Town Hall, finally coming to a finish on Corporation Road.

A huge community event

This Sunday's parade follow's last weeks Christmas light switch on, with both events being organised by Middlesbrough Council.

Speaking in Teesside Live ahead of the parade, Cllr Mick Thomson, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said:

“The Magical Middlesbrough Parade is a huge community event, bringing everyone together.

“Middlesbrough children have created props and costumes, community groups will perform and families often spend the whole day in the city centre enjoying the fantastic shops and restaurants we have to offer."

Sponsors for the event were Ashall Projects, Bowner & Kirkland, Cleveland Centre and media sponsor TFM Radio.

The stars of the parade

Following the parade, TUXtra managed to catch up with just a few of the stars of the Magical Middlesbrough Parade and capture their thoughts.

Kenzie, who had performed the role of a Dancing Robot alongside his classmates at Caldicotes Primary Academy described the experience as "good" albeit nerve racking performing in front of packed streets.

Parading in multicoloured tall hats and spinning skirts, Lily and Scarlet, who both attend Ian Ramsey CE Academy confirmed that it had been "scary, but fun at the same time" and that both would do it again.

Catching a quick word with musicians, Mick and Shaun, part of the Apollo Street Band, they both agreed "it was good fun."

And during a longer, but largely unpublishable conversation with Playful Parade PerformersJean and Morag, they called the event "a lovely experience, lots of colour and lovely children."

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