With a year’s planning and a range of participants, the village was treated to a creative parade on Halloween that was colourful and spectacular. It included a marching band, the Conisbrough Castle Cavaliers, and members of a team from Hebden Bridge – Handmade Parades – who had staged a similar event in their home town. Facilitated by Right Up Our Street’s Katherine Warman (Rossington Arts) who has worked with the community over the past few years, and with funding from the Arts Council, villagers and their children made crochet cobwebs, bugs and spiders as well as costumes to wear in the parade.
Professional artists guided the community in what to make as costumes and there were dates and times given to workshops to train and create. There were posters, cobwebs and a giant spider around Rossington in the weeks and days leading up to the event. More workshops were held in the half-term week, with good attendance at these times.
A route was planned from the Children’s Centre in Grantham Street to Queen Mary’s Road and then on to West End Lane to the Welfare from 2 pm to 3.30 pm with traffic being diverted for that time to allow the parade to pass with a band at either end of it.
The parade included huge animals carried like the lions of Chinese parades and others held up by people on stilts. The colour scheme was autumnal and the animals were mainly woodland creatures but they all amazed people who participated and those who viewed. With a long history in the past of parades, Rossington residents who saw the event on the streets were reminded of those days, but it is safe to say that they had seen nothing like this in the village before.
Click on the link below to see lots of images related to the parade. They were provided by James Mulkeen of Right Up Our Street.