Giraffes on Parade

Never let it be said that I would knowingly miss out on seeing something weird and wonderful – particularly if it is free!  Today, against my better judgement, Mr PP and I went into our local town of Horsham, battled through the car parking frenzy and thronging hoards in the market place to watch the Giraffe Parade.  Err, yes a Giraffe Parade,  a parade through the town (in the rain) of giraffes.  Sadly they weren’t real ones, although a couple in the shopping centre on asking what we were all waiting for did ask to confirm that they weren’t actually real giraffes!


The “Stick Your Neck Out Giraffe Trail” was launched today in the Swan Walk Shopping Centre.  51 brightly decorated model giraffes were paraded through the shopping centre, out into the Carfax, through into Piries Place and back round along East Street into West Street before returning to Swan Walk for a final photocall and on to their individual display point.  Organised by the Rotary Club of Horsham this is a charitable initiative asking local business and community groups to decorate a giraffe which will then be auctioned off for charity.  Before the final auction a special trail has been organised for the next two weeks and all you have to do is locate and identify each giraffe in its location, put your trail form into a prize draw box and you could even win a massive telly!  Find out more at

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Giraffes parading through Piries Place (some had unusual escorts…)

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The parade continues along East Street


The Partners in Art with their very “cool” giraffe

Although the whole parading only took about half an hour, lets face it, Horsham isn’t that big! It was a very unusual and fun spectacle, small kiddies loved it even if some older folks were a bit bemused.  It’s a bit of a radical event for usually staid Horsham and I for one loved it!


My personal favourite – the unicorn (or should that be uniraffe, or girunicorn?)


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One Response to Giraffes on Parade

  1. You have a Mr PP too how funny!

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