Photo Gallery: People’s Parade makes its debut in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 11:33 22 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:34 22 July 2013

Dagenham People's Parade at Central Park.

Dagenham People's Parade at Central Park.


It was a much scaled down affair at Dagenham’s carnival parade this year, but the spirit was still there.

Organisers decided to put on their own rebranded ‘People’s Parade’ after the Town Show was axed due to council budget cuts.

On Saturday, a procession of 18 groups including majorettes, Brownies, dancing schools, a karate club and cadets, took a reverse route to the usual parade, starting in Central Park and finishing up in Old Dagenham Park.

Organiser Lynne Spillet said: “Considering we had fewer people participating than usual, it went okay. It could have been longer but everyone that took part enjoyed it.”

The theme this year was ‘Anything Goes’ to allow participants to wear whatever they liked and not have to spend money on new costumes.

The council provided funding to shut the roads and for refuse collection but Lynne isn’t sure whether this support will continue into future years.

“We’re not sure if we will do the parade again next year as we don’t know what the council’s budget will be like.

“The ideal thing would be to have the festival again, or it would be nice to have something back at least,” she said.

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