“…It gave me more confidence in going in front of a crowd…”

Tyrone giving the thumbs up before starting the parade.

Tyrone giving the thumbs up before starting the parade.

A group of 31 young people, families, volunteers and staff from The Lowry danced around Manchester on Sun 14 June as part of Manchester Day Parade.

The group were inspired by Tetris as part of Manchester Day Parade’s Game On theme, and have had a fantastic time over the last few weeks making head-dresses and Tetris-themed props. The costumes were made in The Lowry’s colour-scheme of orange, green and purple.

Walk The Plank artists Hannah Bold and Ben created an amazing mini-sculpture of The Lowry building which was pushed, pulled and twirled around the 1.1 mile route from Deansgate to the Cathedral via Albert Square.

The group learned some simple dance moves, and were encouraged along by the wonderful Samba band in front of them, to keep energy high and dance the whole circuit!

The project was a lovely way for families to work together creatively and for all ages to mix together. As a thank you to the group who attended, The Lowry spoiled them to a day at the theatre watching Wicked.

Tyrone Gordon, one of the participants, said “I really enjoyed the parade. It gave me more confidence in going in front of a crowd which I don’t normally do and it was nice weather as well. We all enjoyed it. The best bit was having my face painted!”

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