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Vibrant and colourful Canley Parade to take place this weekend

This Saturday, 22nd June, hundreds of Canley residents will take to the streets for a vibrant and colourful procession for all ages. Canley Parade 2023

The Canley Parade and Big Lunch will take place this weekend with a procession celebrating the local environment. The ‘Playing Out in Canley’ programme, a joint project run by The University of Warwick, Warwick Arts Centre and the Canley community, has been held annually since 2021.

The festivities will kick off at 11:00am with the community and artists showcasing their creativity with vibrant costumes and props created by residents, and performances from the Canley Samba Band, all celebrating this year’s theme, ‘Nurture Nature’.

The parade route will begin at Canley Community Church on Charter Avenue, making its way through various nearby streets, before finishing at Prior Deram Park at approximately 12:30pm.

Following the parade, attendees are invited to the ‘Big Lunch’ at Prior Deram Park. This gathering will feature delicious free food served by the Canley Pop Up Café, a variety of community stalls, and engaging activities for all ages.

Gemma Wright, Head of Creative at Warwick Arts Centre said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside our friends in Canley on the fourth Canley Parade, which this year coincides with the Big Lunch. It is always a joyous day full of colour, music, food and creativity that brings everyone from the community together.

“We can't wait to see the amazing creations and responses to this year's theme of Nurture Nature and be joined by residents and groups from across the area.

“This year, the community are leading on parade arrangements with support from the team at Warwick Arts Centre to embed this wonderful celebratory day into the annual Canley calendar. As the Canley saying goes, We Can in Canley!”

See how the community celebrated last year:

Parade Route and Road Closures
The parade will begin at Canley Community Church before moving onto Glebe Close, passing Willowbrook Residential Village, and proceeding along Kele Road, Thomas Sharp Street, Mitchell Avenue, Wendiburgh Street, John Rous Avenue, Mayors Croft, and Sheriff Avenue, finally crossing Templars Field to end at Prior Deram Park.Canley Samba Band

To ensure everyone’s safety, there will be rolling road closures along the route for up to 15 minutes. The following roads will be affected:
Kele Road, Glebe Close, Wansfell Close, Penrose Close, Donegal Close, Thomas Sharp Street, Mitchell Avenue, Wendiburgh Street, Langwood Close, John Rous Avenue, Mayors Croft, Henry Boteler Road, Templar Fields, Freeburn Causeway, Prior Deram Walk, Queen Margarets Road, Hemsby Close, Walsall Street.

For more information, visit the ‘Playing Out in Canley’ website.

For media enquires please contact:
Katherine Beauchamp, Community Press Officer, The University of Warwick
Phone: 07880175408

Notes to Editors
Photos and video footage of previous parades are available on request.