Barnsley mayor's parade to be held virtually for first time in 50-year history

Barnsley’s annual mayor’s parade is set to take place online for the first time in its 50-year history - with residents encouraged to design their own float to mark the landmark anniversary.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 9:32 am
Updated Monday, 15th June 2020, 12:51 pm

The parade usually draws crowds of thousands of people to the town centre to see the floats.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the outdoor event has been postponed – and instead, it will take place in living rooms throughout the borough as part of Barnsley’s Big Weekend Online.

Barnsley Council is now asking residents to get creative and make their own parade entries.

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Families can get creative by designing their own mini float, showing off their moves in a TikTok dance video or through any other creative idea to celebrate this year's theme, ‘our wonderful town of Barnsley’.

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Prizes will be also available, with Coun Pauline Markham, mayor of Barnsley, judging each entry.

Coun Markham, Labour member for Darfield, said: “The parade is always about celebrating the best of Barnsley and we want this year to be no different as we move online.

“At this unique and challenging time, this is a brilliant way for everyone to show their creativity at home and I can’t wait to see this year’s online entries.”

Video entries should be up to 20 seconds long and are welcome from families, households, groups, charities, schools, businesses or organisations from across the borough.

Further information is available on the council's website,

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