4. Parade procession

The Marsden Jazz Festival parade


The Marsden Jazz Festival parade

Jazz bands, magical musical contraptions, dancers and festival visitors join the fun as the parade winds its way along Peel Street through the centre of the village.

An established part of the festival and different every year, past parades have included a variety of styles of bands, such as Bhangra and traditional New Orleans jazz, to homemade kazoos and weird improvised instruments, band battles and even strange wheeled contraptions. It seems that the creativity within the street parade is limitless, and with musicians both amateur and professional, also invited to bring their instruments, wear costumes and join the performance, it can get really big and really noisy.

One of the brilliant things about the jazz festival is that it’s a real family event