Schoolchildren’s colourful carnival parade

Pupils from Redby Academy school taking part in a parade around the streets in Fulwell.

Pupils from Redby Academy school taking part in a parade around the streets in Fulwell.

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A COLOURFUL parade had everyone smiling as it passed through the streets of Sunderland.

Childen of Redby Primary Academy held a grand carnival parade around their neighbourhood, to the delight of residents.

Each of the seven year groups created a float based on one of the continents, thanks to shopping trolleys loaned by Sainsbury’s in Fulwell.

Jill Carroll, assistant headteacher at the Fulwell Road school, said the carnival was a huge success.

“It was fantastic. It was wonderful for the children. They all really enjoyed it,” she said.

“We had an excellent response from the community. We had people out lining some of the streets, and people were looking out the windows and waving at the children.

“A lot of the parents joined us as well for the parade.”

In total, 450 children took part in the parade with their floats, including one which was made into a Chinese dragon.

Mrs Carroll said they had a parade on a smaller scale last year, so decided to do something bigger and more colourful this year, and they are planning to make it an annual tradition.

She said the carnival was also educational for the children by linking learning about the continents into their work, including artwork and music.