parades

Includes: processions, parades, carnivals, remembrance events, St George's day events, community Outdoors, Celebration

Activity time:
Half day

Age:
5+

Cost:
Low
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Flags, music and marching make processions and parades special occasions.

Overview

Parades are public processions that follow a set route. They often involve costumes and music. Parades can be a great way to mark special occasions with young members, such as Pride or Remembrance Day

 

Planning checklist

Safety notes

If you're organising your own parade or procession

  • Ensure that all adults are briefed about the specific details of the event including date, timings and duration of the event, starting and finishing locations and proposed route, suitable clothing, contingency plan, assembly points and first aid provision.
  • Provide all marshals and stewards with reflective, fluorescent or high visibility clothing and make sure that the organiser can be easily identified amongst them.
  • Consider the participant’s ages and abilities and make sure that it is suitable.
  • Follow the highway code.
  • Consider the route carefully including making sure that it is a suitable length for the capabilities of the members attending, avoids main roads carrying heavy traffic.
  • Notify the police if the proposed route includes the public highway at least one week in advance. There is more information about this on the government website.
  • Follow any police advice or instructions given before or during the event.
  • Have plans in case of cancellation and ensure that everyone is notified.

If you're taking part in a procession with carnival floats

  • Girlguiding’s public liability insurance policy includes passenger liability cover as long as the carnival float is a flat-bed lorry or a tractor-and-trailer based vehicle.
  • In the carnival procession, members must walk at a safe distance behind the floats and have adult supervision.
  • Rainbows and Brownies transported on carnival floats must be seated and have an adult on the vehicle with them.
Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

Calculator
2 adults needed
Normal ratios for away from the meeting place apply, but a high ratio of adults to children is recommended.