First Manchester. Next, The Galaxy!

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22/06/2010 by mcmakarolyn

Manchester Creative and Media Academy’s (MC&MA) vision for a new digital future was broadcasted to 75,000 people at the very first Manchester Day Parade.

People lined the sunny streets of Manchester city centre to watch the Academy feature in the groundbreaking parade with a float entitled ‘Into The Future’.

‘Into The Future’ paid tribute to MC&MA’s forward-thinking outlook towards moving into an age of increased significance of advanced technology.

The float consisted of three 15-feet puppets, controlled by pupils and students. One was a DJ and the others carried a clapper board and video camera each. The DJ played a soundtrack which featured students singing and rapping, while the Academy’s dancers performed to the music.

Engaging students in a digital age

Our pupils have been hard at work helping to build and decorate the float since the beginning of April. It joined 35 others created by community organisations which snaked through Manchester city centre on the day – to a rapturous reception.

Principal of MC&MA Boys, Helen Phillips, said: “I was extremely proud of the students.

“I thought the float fitted in particularly well with the Academy’s creative and media disciplines. We are using media in education in order to engage our students in a digital age.”

She added: “I thought the parade was spectacular. It was a fantastic to see people promoting the city of Manchester.”

Click on the image below to view a slideshow of images of the day.

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