Carlisle Puppet Pageant 2019

The puppet pageant is an annual Carlisle City Council event where community made puppets parade through the streets.

This year’s theme is ‘A Kaleidoscope of Carlisle Life – celebrating the people and achievements that have made the city what it is today.’
The parade will celebrate people from all walks of life from weavers, coffee merchants, to astronomers, to fishermen.

The community event will be held on Saturday 7 September, the parade is setting off from the Carlisle Old Fire Station at 12noon, it will journey up to the pedestrianised area and travel around the Farmers’ Market ending in front of the Old Town Hall at approximately 1pm, where the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman, will introduce each puppet.

For the second year, the large-scale puppets are being produced by Prism Arts with support from Carlisle City Council. This year the event has also been awarded almost £10,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund which supports the annual funding from Carlisle City Council.

Prism Arts is working with; Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s group at Gosling Sike, Belle Vue Primary School, Tullie House Hope Street, Heathlands, Multicultural Cumbria’s Women’s Group, Probation Service, Carlisle Women’s Group, Carlisle Youth Zone, Music on the Marr and Upperby Primary School.
Prism Arts worked with the local groups to decide which historical figure puppet they will be making.

Be a part of it!

Prism Arts will be opening their Carlisle studio between 27th August – 6th September, if anyone would like to help finish the life-size puppets during this time, they can volunteer their support by contacting Kat Prior by emailing or calling 01228 587691.

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