PCM at Lancashire Encounter Parade 2021

Date: Saturday 2nd October 2021 

Location: Moor Park and City Centre 

Number of Commissions: 8

Number of Artists;47

Preston City Mela took part in this festival to promote South Asian Arts and to contribute to the theme of ‘Thank You’ to NHS and front-line workers during the coronavirus pandemic. We commissioned preforming artists to include dancers and drummers to part of the street procession. We also brought in two Rickshaws from Cycling projects which were decorated for the procession. The Mela installation was carried out by ArteeCraft.

The Mela contribution consisted of the following:

  • Stewards [x4] march with Preston City Mela Banner 3 meters wide in front of our group. 
  • Apna Beat. -two Dhol Players 
  • Apna Beat.  Bhangra Dancers
  • Young Preston Dancers wearing Preston City Mela T Shirts 
  • Rajasthani Boys with traditional costumes and turbans
  • Classical Street Dancers 
  • Bollywood Girls x3 with light up wings 
  • Gujarati Girls Street dance with light up sticks 
  • Kerala Dancers – Friends of Preston 
  • Kerala Drummers 
  • Three Rickshaws the large size with Thank you message to NHS on the back
It was wet but wonderful..

The Preston City mela contribution to the Thank you Parade brought wonderful colour and energy. The dancing and drums made everyone happy

Andrew Pratt – Chair of Lancashire Forum of Faiths

Preston City Mela community group lit up The Mayor of Preston’s parade in more ways than one – through their illuminated rickshaws and costumes as well as through the smiles from everyone in the group, which was made up of all ages. Their music and dance moves brought a real vibe to the event. Even through the Preston rain, it was lovely to see the gathered crowd swaying to the rhythm, both young and old alike. Thank you also to the organisers of this group for working so hard to make a fabulous contribution to the Thank You parade. As a key worker myself, it was heart-warming to see and will be there as a lasting memory. 

Andrea Smith, Public Health Specialist, Lancashire County Council