Jan 6, 2011

Rex Announces 2011 Parade Theme

March 8, 2011 Parade will visit "This Sceptred Isle."

A quotation from a well-known Shakespeare play provides inspiration for the design of the 2011 Rex Procession.

In the Second Act of William Shakespeare's great play, Richard II, the Duke of Lancaster speaks the words from which the theme of the 2011 Procession is taken: "This royal throne of Kings, this sceptred isle... this England." These proud and patriotic words describe the Duke's feelings for the Island Kingdom, comprising England, Scotland, and Wales. Rich in history, mythology, and culture, the British Isles provide ample inspiration for the design of 20 themed float designs. Combined with permanent floats such as the Boeuf Gras, Jester, Calliope, and the Royal Barge, the 2011 Rex Parade comprises 27 beautifully designed floats. This will be the 130th parade in Rex's 139-year history.

This theme presents wonderful opportunities for students to explore the worlds of literature, history and mythology presented in the parade. More information, including parade notes and selected web links, will be found in the Education Area of the website.

For further information about the 2011 Rex Parade, and for archives displaying narratives, sketches, and images of past parades, visit the Parade Area of the website.