Thousands flock to Barking for fifth annual Youth Parade
A bumper crowd enjoyed Barking and Dagenham’s fifth annual Youth Parade this weekend, with around 7000 people turning up to show their support for the borough’s youngsters.
The Youth Parade is a celebration of Barking and Dagenham’s inspirational young people and the positive contribution they make to their local area.
This year’s parade took place on Sunday 16 September and saw over 1000 young people taking part in a colourful and vibrant display, with seven times that number watching on and enjoying the post-parade celebrations at Barking Abbey.
Food, free inflatables and rides were on offer to attendees, who had the chance to find out about the various groups, clubs and activities for young people in the borough while at the event.
Other highlights included an appearance by Titan the Robot – an eight foot tall talking robot that has previously appeared on The Gadget Show, Big Brother UK and Germany’s Next Top Model.
"So many of our borough’s young people continue to make a wonderful contribution to life in Barking and Dagenham"
Councillor Saima Ashraf, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Community Leadership and Engagement, was pleased to see such a good turn out:
“So many of our borough’s young people continue to make a wonderful contribution to life in Barking and Dagenham,” she said.
“That was certainly evident this weekend, with more than 1000 youngsters taking the time to get involved in Sunday’s Youth Parade.
“I’d like to thank everyone who turned up to support them, and I hope that they enjoyed a great day out in the September sunshine.”