TAMESIDE will be well and truly on parade on Manchester Day. Putting their best forward for the borough will be 40 Cubs as part of Colonel Hathi’s Magical March.
Hathi, an elephant, is the leader of a military troop in “Jungle Book” – the collection of Rudyard Kipling stories from which the Cubs draw their leaders’ colourful names such as Akela, Bagheera and Baloo.
In the Disney film version, Col Hathi commands the Dawn Patrol who set out every morning singing their own jaunty song.
Tameside’s march is magical because the theme for Manchester Day is Abracadabra.
To recognise that fact, the Cubs will be escorting a huge blue and gold wizard’s hat through the city-centre streets while wearing brightly coloured capes. The hat was made by Explorer Scouts and the capes by members of the Tameside Armed Services Community.
The Cubs, who have been training with a magician, will be joined by two 6ft white rabbits, and just to increase the sense of suspense and hocus-pocus there will be a mystery centrepiece proclaiming Manchester’s strength. It has been several months in the making and will be revealed on the day.
Tameside’s float will feature 400 stars – one for every Cub in the borough’s four Scout districts – and it will be accompanied by a soundscape written by Scouts and veterans in collaboration with Audioface music and video specialists of Hyde.
A Tameside Council spokesman said: “Last year’s Manchester Day, which had a space theme, was incredible. More than 100,000 people were on the streets cheering us on.
“However, this year has an extra dimension. In light of what happened at the Arena in May, we want to show our love for Manchester as a vibrant, inclusive city that cannot and will not be intimidated.”
Manchester Day takes place on Sunday, June 18. The parade leaves the junction of Liverpool Road off Deansgate at 1pm and goes via Albert Square to Exchange Square where it should arrive by 2.20pm.
Throughout the day, from noon to 6pm, there will be entertainment and food stalls throughout the city centre.
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