The theme for the procession in 2017 is 'technology and industry'. Highlights will include costumes and puppets from many community groups and schools. Bin Bot will be at the head of our procession this year.
The procession will also feature the second half of our extravaganza Colossus Awakes as the street becomes a living laboratory as young "Guardians of Science" engage audiences in the experiment. Reincarnations of the "Giants of Science" - Newton, Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Faraday, Turing and Franklin, move through the town discovering a spectacle of light and sound.
Colossus will strides out collecting new insight from the giants of science and the people of the town as they move through the streets. Meet him, walk and talk with him, help him learn.
Oxford Brookes will also be back in the procession and this time they are bringing Martie a 3 metre high robot made of recycled materials (meet Artie the Brookes life-size humanoid robot at the Brookes zone).
Brookes will also be brining their F1 car. Each year the Oxford Brookes Racing team compete in Formula Student – Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, run by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Universities across the globe are challenged to design and build a single-seat racing car to compete in static and dynamic events. At Oxford Brookes, the students design and build almost every aspect of the car, including chassis, suspension, aerodynamics and powertrain.
We are expecting almost 800 people in this year's procession, all travelling in fossil-fuel free ways - including the F1 car!
Bollywood Brass band
Cultural Roots Carnival Troupe from Derby
Uniao da Mocidade (UDMSamba) from London. 30 piece Rio-Style samba band in full carnival costume and flag bearing dancing couple.
Schools including Larkrise, Garsington, East Oxford and St Barnabas, Church Cowley, St James, St Francis C of E, Wood Farm and March Baldon Primary Schools and Chilworth House Upper School
Team Drum from the Young Women's Musical Project.
Sol Samba Brazilian drummers and dancers
Oxford/Leon Association and Trust and Horns of Plenty horns and percussion. township jazz, New Orleans, Afrobeat, soul, Latin, reggae, & Balkan music
Red Dhollies dhol drumming
Strawberry Fayre Majorettes
Fusion Arts Basis Project salsa
United Goan traditional dance
Oxford University Indonesian Society traditional Indonesian costumes showing the national slogan
Bhineka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity
Nepalese Community in traditional dress
East Timor Community traditional costume, music and dance
West Papuan Community traditional dance and celebration of West Papuan culture
Pegasus Theatre with large animated puppets