The puppet pageant is an annual Carlisle City Council event where community made puppets parade through the streets.
This year’s theme was ‘A Kaleidoscope of Carlisle Life – celebrating the people and achievements that have made the city what it is today.’
The parade celebrated people from all walks of life from weavers, coffee merchants, to astronomers, to fishermen.
The community event was held on Saturday 7 September 2019, the parade set off from the Carlisle Old Fire Station at 12noon, journeyed up to the pedestrianised area and travelled around the Farmers’ Market ending in front of the Old Town Hall at 1pm, where the Mayor of Carlisle, Cllr Marilyn Bowman, introduced each puppet and Blue Jam and Jazzish performed.
This was the second time that the large-scale puppets was 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 worked 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.