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2017 saw the 4th year that the Camel Parade has been an event in South Shields, Sophie and I went for the first time last year a few photo’s of which I posted HERE, so this year we made a return trip knowing what to expect.  It involves 3 camels with their handlers and riders dressed up as wise men, parading the length of Ocean Road, which is quite a long old road, followed by stilt walkers and a drum group called Sparks! It’s been controversial as the animal rights group PETA, who I have a lot of time for usually, have decreed it bad, and say that camels shouldn’t be used for public entertainment. I kind of agree with the sentiment, but really, all they do is walk the camels down the road, and then put them back in their vehicle and bugger off.  They don’t get prodded or poked or stand around being gawped at. PETA Campaigns Strategist Luke Steele said: “Using live animals in these sorts of events sends a damaging message to young people that animals are little more than living props”, according to our local newspaper, with one of the comments underneath being “it’s disgraceful that anyone should find this acceptable.  It’s not about the climate, it’s about the crowds, noise and the basic lack of respect enough to use animals for our entertainment. Animals are sentient beings, they are here for their own purpose, not for human monsters to use and abuse as they wish.  It’s archaic and needs to be stopped!”  I have to say the human monsters, particularly the baby monsters loved the whole shebang, and this monster doesn’t get to photograph many camels in our neck of the woods so was happy to see them.  I expect eventually the council will give in and the camels will come no more.

A lot of monsters turned up for the parade, and luckily it didn’t rain.

The trees along Ocean Road were all lit up

and the kiddies all waiting for the show to begin

the camels came first

so fluffy!

they were followed by stilt walkers I think representing the 3 shepherds

and this guy who was I think, the star of Bethlehem

then “The Creative Seed” wagon came, but I’m not sure what that was all about!

and these were followed by my favourite part, the Sparks! drum group

at the bottom of the road a stage was set up which Sparks! ascended and then played a cracking set of drum tunes. Well not tunes really but whatever it is that drums do without other instruments being about.

they somehow illuminate themselves and the drums and the whole thing is quite exciting to watch

stay tooned for the 2nd part when we see the firework display!

(pictures clickable for embiggening)


41 comments on “Camel Parade~South Shields~ Dec 2017~ part 1

  1. beetleypete says:

    The camels didn’t seem to be too bothered. And they seemed to be better looked after than the one I rode on in Aswan once. The colour changing makes all the difference with those drummers, so thanks for adding the video, FR.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Cheers Pete, the camels did look healthy. Yes the colour change is all part of the drummer”s display, great to see and hear something different.

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  2. Sue says:

    Well, I swear one of those camels was smiling…..

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    1. I thought so too, 😊

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    I’m against animal cruelty as much as the next guy, but I don’t think that these camels, judging from the pictures were mistreated in any way.
    Also…definitely can understand why you enjoyed Sparks! so much. That was awesome. Th pictures were amazing and love the video you included. I think it was probably even more of an experience when you witnessed it live. Great post! 😊

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    1. Thanks Michel, it was great live, maybe going again this year 🙂

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  4. rmacwheeler says:

    Great shots.

    Is it just me, or do camels have a look that suggests, ‘you can never be this cool?’

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    1. Haha yes that’s the perfect description! 😊


  5. Timothy Price says:

    Looks like it was a fun event.

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  6. I worry about animals being used as props but I am a huge hippie. Lol but they do look well taken care of. I’m so glad you shared you and Sophie’s adventures! Great photos and post, Fraggle!😄😍😙📸📸🐫🎀


    1. No our camels are all au naturel 😊

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  7. Eddy Winko says:

    You can tell it’s Sunderland, everyone is wearing a coat; it’s T-Shirts in Newcastle 🙂
    Looks like a cracking event, the drummers are spot on, mesmerising stuff. I think I saw a scary Santa hiding in the Creative Seed thingy?
    As fr the camels, well our friends have donkeys and they are called up for the nativity parades and the like around Christmas and they love it, the extra attention, treats, company and change of scenary. I’m not a fan of zoos or animal circuses , but I’d say the compaints are a little too radical for me. The concern should be on the day to day living conditions of the animals, not a trip down the high street.

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    1. Agreed Eddy a bit of an unnecessary palaver!


  8. Antonio says:

    very beautifil photos!
    I love Photography…
    best regards from Italy

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    1. Grazie! Me too 😊


  9. vinnieh says:

    The illuminated drummers were fantastic, really inspired idea too.


      1. vinnieh says:

        I can see it was a fun time and opportunity for getting good shots.


  10. M.B. Henry says:

    That looks like quite the experience – great photos as usual! 🙂

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    1. Thanks M.B it’s all a bit bonkers, but I do like pointing my camera at bonkers stuff! 😊

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      1. M.B. Henry says:

        Ha! Don’t we all! 🙂 You do a good job of it anyhow! 🙂

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  11. Wow, Fraggle! What a colorful, exciting looking event. I felt like i was there. That first (banner) photo is absolutely gorgeous. You did a fantastic job capturing, framing and selecting these. The camels look surprisingly friendly… although in one shot, the young woman holding the leash, clearly does not trust him not to spit on her! 😀 Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Teagan, the camels were surprisingly not spitty 😊

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  12. Jay says:

    Human animals also seem called upon to act and parade and be gawped at. I suppose there’s at least an element of consent to consider. But I can’t help but think that life on the side of the road is slightly better than wandering thirsty in the desert. Just me?

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    1. These camels apparently attend events all over the north east and are looked after very well, I am not sure if they’d choose to relocate to the dessert if anyone asked them.


  13. kmSalvatore says:

    Holy moly, where to start, these are so kool Fraggy, what a neat event , and to see camels too. Wow, wish I could have been there with ya. I gotta go back and look again. I’m in awe of each and every one. What a neat event. You made me feel like I was there!!!!!

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    1. Wish you had been! 😊


  14. Sometimes people just like to complain to hear their own voice.. It’s like saying that people shouldn’t have house cats because they should be free! Those are some beautiful pictures and it looks like an amazing experience!

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    1. Cats are the most evolved, adaptable and self serving creatures ever invented, I really don’t think there’s a should and a shouldn’t with them, but I’m very glad that the 10 cats I’ve had the privilege of sharing a home with have all had access to, and enjoyed in safety the outdoor life. Not all of them wanted that, and were happy staying at home. Glad you liked my photos, I’ll be doing it all again in December. X

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  15. steviegill says:

    Wow, some fantastic shots there. Seems like a lively parade, and the camels kind of look happy to me!

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    1. Yes they didn’t seem worried in the slightest.


  16. Seems like a really fun parade. You were able to capture some energetic and striking photos. I know the conditions weren’t the easiest for a photographer. 🙂

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    1. Cheers Otto, one tries 😊

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  17. Francis.R. says:

    Talented and kind monster. ^_^

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    1. 🙂 cheers Francis.

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