Canley Parade

The most ambitious element of Playing Out in Canley is the Canley Parade which echoes the Canley Carnival which was last staged in the 1970s. The Parade acts as a focus for free creative workshops in the community to make costumes, props and more to parade through Canley. The Parade is a way of Canley speaking about itself and what matters to the community.

The first Playing Out Parade in 2021, took place in the middle of the pandemic and was therefore modest with 30 participants parading on the theme of Grief and Gratitude.

The second parade in 2022, with restrictions lifted and more staff and creative activities involved, the Parade could go big!  Artists Carrie Backhouse and Pippa Church shared their making skills. On 16th July 2022, the Parade pretty much took over Canley with flowers, birds and giant blue whales expressing the theme of Dreaming Differently. 

The third parade takes place on Saturday 10 June 2023. Please click here for all the information you need!