Carnival parade brings festive fun and heritage to Tameside

A FESTIVE carnival parade celebrating Tameside’s industrial heritage will be among the highlights of this year’s Christmas events.

The Tameside Christmas Celebration Event, which will include the ever-popular lantern parade, will this year take place in Denton on December 8 – paying particular homage to the local hatting industry which has close links with the town.

Last year’s lantern parade

The borough-wide event will be a fantastic finale to all the individual Christmas celebration events and lights switch-ons taking place in Tameside’s towns during November and December.

Tameside Council Cultural Services will once again be working with locally based and internationally respected arts organisation Global Grooves on the lantern parade following a successful bid for Arts Council England funding.

This year will be extra beautiful as the lantern parade, which will take place from 6pm-7.30pm, will take a route through Victoria Park, Denton, with the whole park being lit up as a magical place to explore.

Schools, community groups and individuals can get involved and take part in workshops with professional artists to create spectacular illuminated lantern sculptures, more traditional hand carried lanterns and themed carnival and parade costumes.

All of the lantern making workshops will take place in October and November in readiness for the parade in December.

Anyone who wants to get involved should email expressing interest by email to: events@tameside.gov.uk or call 0161 342 4144.

Please bear in mind that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council executive member responsible for cultural services, said:

“We are working with towns and the community to plan some fantastic festive events this year and we really want people to get involved, while supporting their local towns and traders.

“The run up to Christmas is always busy so you may want to make a note of these dates in your diaries and calendars to make sure you can join in and enjoy the celebrations.

“The Tameside wide event will build on the success of our previous parades and this year should be especially magical, following a route through the beautiful Victoria Park in Denton.

“It promises to be a fabulous celebration for families, friends and individuals to enjoy.”

Local community and business led Christmas celebration events, supported by the council, will take place on the following dates, with further details to be announced:

• 17 November: Droylsden
• 17 November: Stalybridge
• 23 November: Dukinfield
• 23 November: Audenshaw
• 23 November: Micklehurst
• 24 November: Ashton
• 24 November: Mossley
• 24 November: Hollingworth
• 1 December: Hyde
• 7-9 December: Denton (local town centre
festivities in addition to Tameside-wide event
on December 8).

• STALYBRIDGE’S Christmas Celebration, which includes the Christmas tree lights switch-on, takes place on Saturday, November 17.

The main event in Armentieres Square will feature the lights switch-on, visit from Father Christmas, live entertainment, food and drink from 4pm-6pm.

There will also be an artisan market between noon and 6pm and a fairground from 11am to 7pm.
Cllr Feeley, who represents Dukinfield/Stalybridge ward, said: “We are working with the community to plan some fantastic events.

“The Stalybridge Christmas Celebration will be a wonderful family event – do come along and join in the fun while supporting your local town and traders.”

There’s more information on all Tameside celebrations online: www.tameside.gov.uk/Newsroom/Hats-off-to-Christmas

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