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Photo by Guido Mencari

Photo by Guido Mencari

Saturday 26 October

Gathering point: 6pm at The Think Tank, High Street, Ipswich (next to Ipswich Museum)

Followed by live music and food

All Welcome



Your wish is our command. This year the Pyre Parade returns, to burn our woes and clear space for winter.

Following last year’s brilliant Pyre Parade, many of you told us that you’d like the event to become annual. Saturday 26 October sees the Pyre Parade return to the streets of Ipswich, this time a little larger and with music and food following the burn.  

Across the second half of October you will find black dog effigies guarding special collection boxes at select locations across the town. You are invited to write down and post your bad news in to these boxes - bad debts, health worries, a sour relationship, or colouring in where you went over the edges – whatever the badness, feed the beast.

Then join us as we gather at 6pm on Saturday 26 October at The Think Tank, which is on the High Street next to Ipswich Museum. There we will form a big noisy parade, to march our bad news through the town, accompanied by a Pyre Choir and other special guest performers. Later we will set the badness alight at Christchurch Park and watch the flames engulf it, before sharing some food and music and good times together back at The Think Tank. Burning up the night sky and opening space for a better future.

The Pyre Parade is a free event, everyone is welcome.

Local lads Mark Offord and Robert Pacitti have started The Rough Band, but anyone can be a member. Simply turn up with something loud to bang, such as wooden spoons on saucepan lids, and be prepared to hush as we move respectfully through Silent Street.

Want to get more involved?

If you would like to become a performer or help out making props, costumes or masks for this event, we are running all sorts of neat things to get involved with. Parade Skills Making Sessions are friendly get togethers for folk who want to help make stuff – we provide all the materials. You can join the Pyre Choir and learn songs to sing (and shout) in a friendly group – no experience required. Or you could become a performer for a top-secret element of the event! The making sessions and choir practices are fortnightly – check our website for details. To find out more about becoming a secret performer contact and let us know. All of these are free to attend and everyone is welcome to take part. If you fancy making your own stuff for the Pyre Parade, here are some ideas to get you started.

Earlier Event: 21 October
Later Event: 5 November