Houghton Feast: Details revealed for this year’s historic celebration

Houghton Feast Carnival Parade 2014 along Newbottle Street in Houghton.
Houghton Feast Carnival Parade 2014 along Newbottle Street in Houghton.
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Community groups are being called on to once again enter themselves into a town’s historic parade.

As part of this year’s Houghton Feast celebrations the annual carnival parade and procession will take place on Saturday, October 3.

The parade starts from the rear of the town’s library car park, in Station Road, before making its way to The Broadway where it will be judged by the mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran.

A special addition this year will see the classic vehicles exhibited in the car park of Kepier Academy following the parade.

All walking groups will be guided towards Rectory Park where families can enjoy Feast entertainment.

Houghton Feast originated as a dedication service at Michaelmas to the parish church of St Michael and All Angels in the town.

The festival was revived during the middle of the last century and continues to bring in thousands of people to the town each year to enjoy the fun fair on Rectory Field and other events.

This year’s extravaganza runs from Friday, October 2, until Sunday, October 11. For more details on how to enter a float or group for the parade, email organiser John Price at john.price@hettontowncouncil.gov.uk