The annual St Nicholas Community Parade will take place in Canterbury on Saturday 5 December 2015.
The lively and colourful community procession of children and musicians will depart from the city’s iconic Westgate Hall at 12 noon.
Led by Canon Jim Rosenthal, dressed as St Nicholas, the procession will pound the historic cobbled streets of the city, collecting money for charity and spreading plenty of festive cheer, on route to the Cathedral.
The parade is collaboration between the Saint Nicholas Festival, Big Bash Music, the Canterbury branch of Primark and the Cathedral.
At The Christ Church Gate of the Cathedral the Parade will be welcomed by Cathedral and City dignitaries. A short and heart warming service of Carols accompanied by community musicians and the Cathedral Choir will follow in the Nave. The service is followed by free hot chocolate and gifts bags distributed from the Cathedral Shop.
Speaking ahead of this year’s parade, General Manager of Cathedral Enterprises and Trustee of the St Nicholas Festival, Chris Needham said:
The St Nicholas City Parade is the result of City and Cathedral working in tandem to celebrate Canterbury and the less commercial side of Christmas, namely giving to children. It flows from a more European tradition and indeed we get regular visitors from Europe and the UK year on year. The involvement of Big Bash music and local schools always makes the parade go with a swing. It should be great fun, but for a good purpose.
General Manager of Cathedral Enterprises and Trustee of the St Nicholas Festival, Chris Needham
Since its registration as a charity in 2005 St Nicholas Festival has raised over £60,000 and given grants to more than 20 different children’s organisations and charities. Each year the Trustees nominate two organisations to benefit from their fundraising.
This year the charity is supporting:
Lucy’s Head Start – Is a Dymchurch based charity which aims to raise awareness of Craniosynostosis and help children with this rare condition and their parents or carers with transport and accommodation costs as a result of hospital visits and surgeries. It is a young organisation in the process of raising the donations to become an officially registered charity.
Holding On Letting Go – Which supports bereaved children, young people, (6-16) their families and carers in Kent and Medway who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives.
The St Nicholas Festival was founded to increase awareness of the life, history and traditions relating to St Nicholas and to raise money in aid of organisations and charities that benefit young people, both locally and further afield.