The exhibition marks the return of the St George’s Day Parade celebrations in Gravesham

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An exhibition celebrating Gravesham’s St George’s Day Parade has opened in the town.

The parade has brought together thousands of schoolchildren from Gravesend town center since 2008.

Gravesham’s St. George’s Day Parade returns to the town this year. Photo: Gravesham Council. Photo: Gravesham Council

But he has been forced to go virtual for the past two years due to Covid-19 restrictions.

It now returns to Civic Square on Friday April 22 in an event jointly organized by Gravesham Council and arts and community organizers Cohesion Plus.

A photography exhibition capturing iconic images from previous events opened at St George’s Arts Center today, with a visit from the Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr Lyn Milner.

Cllr Shane Mochrie-Cox, Cabinet Member of Gravesham Council for Community and Leisure, said: ‘We are rightly proud of St George’s Day celebrations in the borough.

“We have an incredibly diverse community, celebrating many different events important to many different cultures. Our St George Parade brings together the younger members of these communities to celebrate together and helps develop a sense of unity and cohesion among those from a myriad of backgrounds.

An exhibition celebrating Gravesham's St George's Day Parade has opened in the town, ahead of celebrations returning this month.  Photo: Gravesham Council
An exhibition celebrating Gravesham’s St George’s Day Parade has opened in the town, ahead of celebrations returning this month. Photo: Gravesham Council

He added that while at one time Gravesham was the only area of ​​Kent to celebrate St George’s Day in this way, its success had led many other councils to follow suit.

Gurvinder Sandher of Cohesion Plus, the producer of the St. George’s Day festival, said: “I am so proud of what we have achieved with our celebrations.

“I never imagined all those years ago that they would grow and develop as they have to become one of the highlights of the local calendar.

“I passionately believe this is a great example of how we can use the arts to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us.”

In addition to the photography exhibition, St George’s Arts Center is also hosting a Hysterical History Workshop on Thursday 14 April at 11am.

There will also be a session for young people to help decorate a dragon for this year’s parade at 11 a.m. on April 15.

All three events are free.

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