The Canley Parade and Big Lunch returns  - The Coventry Observer

The Canley Parade and Big Lunch returns 

Coventry Editorial 1st Jun, 2024   0

THE UNIVERSITY of Warwick in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre and the Canley community has announced the return of the parade and a Big Lunch.

The Playing Out in Canley programme has been held each year since 2021 and was recently shortlisted for a National Museum and Heritage Award.

It will return on Saturday June, 22.

This years theme is ‘Nurture Nature’ will celebrate the local environment and the importance of community togetherness with a procession for all ages through the streets of Canley.

The community is being encouraged to join in with weekly workshops to create costumes and props that can be used in the parade in the lead up to the event.

Gemma Wright, head of creative at Warwick Arts Centre said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside our friends in Canley on the fourth Canley Parade, which this year coincides with the Big Lunch.

“It is always a joyous day full of colour, music, food and creativity that brings everyone from the community together.

“We can’t wait to see the amazing creations and responses to this year’s theme of Nurture Nature and be joined by residents and groups from across the area.

“This year the community are leading on the arrangements with the support of the team from Warwick Arts Centre to embed this wonderful celebratory day into the annual Canley calendar. As the Canley saying goes, We Can In Canley.”

The festivities will kick off with the Parade from the community church at 11.00am with The Canley Samba Band leading community members, local groups, and artists showcasing their creativity with vibrant costumes, props, and performances.

People are invited to the Big Lunch at Prior Deram Park following the parade with free food.

Parade Route and Road Closures:

The parade will begin at Canley Community Church, moves onto Glebe Close, passes Willowbrook Residential Village, and proceeds along Kele Road, Thomas Sharp Street, Mitchell Avenue, Wendiburgh Street, John Rous Avenue, Mayors Croft, and Sheriff Avenue, finally crossing Templars Field to end at Prior Deram Park.

To ensure everyone’s safety there will be rolling road closures along the route for up to 15 minutes. The following roads will be affected:

Kele Road, Glebe Close, Wansfell Close, Penrose Close, Donegal Close, Thomas Sharp Street, Mitchell Avenue, Wendiburgh Street, Langwood Close, John Rous Avenue, Mayors Croft, Henry Boteler Road, Templar Fields, Freeburn Causeway, Prior Deram Walk, Queen Margarets Road, Hemsby Close, Walsall Street.


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