Sparks will fly in the town centre on Saturday (June 16) as Worthing Children’s Parade takes on a Harry Potter theme.
In its 11th year, the parade is collaborating with Worthing Wormhole, the town’s annual comic convention, ten days before the 21st anniversary of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book being released.
Supported by Guild Care and sponsored by Coast to Coast, Worthing Community Chest and the West Sussex County Council Community Initiative Fund, the parade, organised by Chatsmore Catholic High School’s head of art Caroline Woodward, is set to be the biggest and most visually exciting on record.
Pupils and teachers from 23 local schools have been hard at work in the run-up to the event, crafting giant papier-mâché sculptures, costumes and masks connected to specific characters.
After winding its way through the town from Beach House Park Grounds from 10am, the parade will be arriving in Steyne Gardens at about 11:30am where the party will continue with a host of free entertainment and a charity fair.
The children are set to be welcomed into Steyne Gardens by Worthing mayor Paul Baker and East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton.
Parade organisers have collaborated this year with Worthing Wormhole, the town’s annual comic convention – with both passionate about encouraging young people to engage with reading.
Wormhole representatives will be in attendance on the day of the parade.
Worthing Wormhole will take place at Worthing Assembly Hall, in Stoke Abbott Road, on Saturday, November 10 from 10am to 5pm before moving on to St Paul’s, in Chapel Road, for an after party between 7pm to 12am.
Wormhole is a family friendly, non-profit event which supports Special Effect, a local charity that works with disabled people to help them live beyond their disabilities.
Stars of the Harry Potter films will be making an appearance at Wormhole, including Michael Henbury, a Gringott’s Goblin, and Jon Campling, who played one of Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters.
Other attractions on the day will include circus skills show Circus Scene, contemporary dance from Regnante School of Performing Arts and a coding workshop from Worthing Library.