Pop-up pa­rade shines in the rain

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

AROUND 120 peo­ple took part in the first ever Midsummer Pop-up Pa­rade in Mac­cles­field Mar­ket Place on Satur­day.

The event, an off­shoot of the pop­u­lar arts and cul­ture Barnaby Fes­ti­val, was or­gan­ised by vol­un­teers from Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity ArtSpace.

Par­tic­i­pants were then in­vited to per­son­alise um­brel­las for the colour­ful pa­rade through the pedes­tri­anised streets, com­plete with a samba band.

Both live and recorded mu­sic ac­com­pa­nied peo­ple hard at work in gaze­bos mak­ing cos­tumes, head­gear, masks and shakers and dec­o­rat­ing their um­brel­las.

There will be no bi­en­nial Barnaby Fes­ti­val this year, but it will re­turn in 2016.

Or­gan­is­ers, hav­ing an­tic­i­pated the un­sea­sonal sum­mer weather, handed out ‘spe­cial se­cret items’ dur­ing the morn­ing which turned out to be um­brel­las.

Gail Smith, from Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity ArtSpace, said: “We were ter­ri­fied, es­pe­cially with the bad weather, as it was the first time we have ever done the pop-up pa­rade but there were plenty of Mac­cles­field folk who weren’t pre­pared to let the weather dampen their spir­its.”

●● Rain didn’t dampen the spir­its at the Midsummer Pop-up Pa­rade, as the Samba band prove with their ef­fec­tive head­gear

●● A young­ster gets arty with rib­bons and bows

●● Mak­ing head­bands

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