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June 2005
Preparing to parade...
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Busy inside the Parade tent at the Mela
When does a percussion instrument not look like a percussion instrument? Well, the answer might be when its at the Lord Mayor's Carnival Parade in Bradford and everyone visiting this year's Mela has had an opportunity to help build one of these strange structures.

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Anyone passing the Parade Tent down at the bottom of Peel Park at the Mela weekend may have wondered about the giant construction standing outside.

Those daring to take a closer look may have realised this was not something from Doctor Who or War Of The Worlds but a percussion instrument designed to be played by many people.

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A monster from out of space or a giant percussion instrument?

The Mela also provided visitors with a chance to see what weird and wonderful sounds they could make using these strange instruments. Inside the tent people were at work silk-screening and the whole place was a mass of wonderful colour.

The theme of this year's Parade is Rivers And Routes (Roots) and it is hoped when it takes to the city centre's street on Saturday 25th June a river of people will indeed provide a river of colour.

An equally exotic soundtrack is promised for the event and over 1000 people are expected to take part.

Inside the Parade tent
Not only were many materials available inside the Parade tent but old maps of Bradford to help people develop their ideas

The Lord Mayor's Carnival Parade will start at Crown Court Plaza at 3.15pm on Saturday and pass along Broadway and Bridge Street before climbing up Tyrrel Street, Bank Street and Kirkgate. It will cross the top of the city centre from Cheapside to Westgate and come back down Godwin Street to Centenary Square where there will be a greeting from the Lord Mayor.

And the fun does not end there! A Post Parade Party kicks off in Centenary Square at 4.30pm, featuring the bands that accompanied the parade as well as such acts as Xplosion, Stylin It, the Front Line Initiative and the Deuce Crew.

Artist Joe Caswell has been working with Bradford schoolchildren to create the rest of the giant instruments featured in the Parade. For those who helped make them, these could be the real stars of the afternoon!

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