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Heart of Kent Hospice is delighted to announce the new 2021 date for Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade.

Elmer and his friends will now be marching onto the streets of Maidstone to form the first-ever public art trail in the County town on Saturday 19 June 2021 for nine weeks.

The Parade of beautifully designed Elmer sculptures will form three trails around the town, its river path, countryside and parks until Sunday 22 August 2021 for local families and tourists to enjoy.

The Hospice, which during coronavirus is at the front line of supporting terminally ill people and their families in Maidstone and the surrounding towns and villages, took the decision to postpone the trail back in March. The decision to move the Parade was to ensure the safety of residents and tourists and to enable the Hospice to prioritise its patients and local people being diagnosed with a terminal illness and needing care and support during the pandemic.

All the Parade Partners, Sponsors, Schools and Groups are committed to making it even bigger and better in 2021. It will not only be a vibrant, colourful and momentous event for families to enjoy, but we hope it will be a celebration of our local community uniting and getting through this challenging time together.

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