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People’s Parade needs your vote to win £50k

Published Friday 5 April 2019 at 10:33

The organisers behind the Blackburn Festival of Light are in the running to win £50,000 to launch a brand new project in the town.

They’ve been chosen as part of ‘The People’s Projects’ scheme, a partnership between ITV and the National Lottery, and are competing against groups from across the North West.

The cash would help to fund the new ‘Let it Shine’ The People’s Parade initiative which would run throughout the summer holidays and work with families – ending in a celebratory carnival.

The participants will get to do everything from helping to make costumes to learning performance and musical skills and they even could even feature in the parade itself.

Kerris Casey-St.Pierre, who’s helping lead the bid, said: “We have been running the community lantern parade now for seven years.

“In the winter we run workshops making lanterns, teaching dance and performance and we make the costumes – it brings the community together to create something fantastic.

“What we really want to do is extend our programme throughout the year.

“A lot of our families struggle, particularly during the summer holidays, and we want to arrange a series of workshops throughout that time.”

Kerris added: “We want a big carnival-style procession at the end of August right throughout the town centre.

“We want the streets to be full of people and there be dancing, singing and drumming, people on stilts – people generally coming together as a community to have a big celebration.”

The group appeared on ITV on Thursday evening with their appeal for votes.

You can watch their video and vote now.

Please help spread the message by sharing the Council’s Facebook and Twitter posts supporting the bid.

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