The Christmas Parade in Birmingham!

Last Saturday (13th Nov.) saw us taking part in the fabulous Christmas Carnival/Parade and the switch-on of the Christmas lights in Birmingham City Centre.

Christmas light in Birmingham 13th Nov. 2010

Christmas light in Birmingham 13th Nov. 2010 (IPod photo)

We didn’t actually switch the lights on (Roy Wood of Wizard did that!) but we did provide an interesting piece of street art…..creating alternative Christmas decorations using food passed it’s ‘sell by’ date.  The workshop proved to be very popular with hundreds of people getting involved….they cleaned us out of fruit & veg and most people took their creations home with them.

Christmas Food Sculpture workshop

Christmas Food Sculpture workshop. 13th Nov. 2010 (IPod photo)

We had a great day in Birmingham…..I just love the place!

We stayed at the luxury Crown Plaza Hotel in the city centre, quite nice really and Catherine made the classic comment at breakfast when she stated that “you know you’ve arrived when you get pink grapefruit in your breakfast bowl” or to steal a comment from comedian Peter Kay “when you’ve got v shaped toilet roll in your room!”

View of Birmingham from the 9th floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel

View of Birmingham from the 9th floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel

On finishing our workshop we stayed for the procession with a grandstand view……literally thousands of people turned out to see it…..real Reindeers, Uncle Scrooge, Santa’s elves…..everything really including the bathroom sink.

UrbanCanvas meets Urban Pie in Birmingham City Centre!

UrbanCanvas meets Urban Pie in Birmingham City Centre!

Now anybody who knows me will tell you I’m a bit of a Uncle Scrooge myself when it comes to Christmas……I just DON’T believe in it, but this procession was just magical with some great walkabout characters…..so for us Christmas really did start and end here……….from hereafter Urban Phil  has cancelled Christmas due to government cuts  of course!  🙂

Christmas Parade, Birmingham 13th Nov. 2010 (IPod photo)

Christmas Parade, Birmingham 13th Nov. 2010 (IPod photo)

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