Elephant Parade arrives in Cardiff
If you go down to Cardiff City Centre today you’ll find far more than just shops, businesses and Xmas lights! Cardiff has always been home to some extravagant events and displays over the years and that trend is continuing with the arrival of the Elephant Parade. Yes that’s right, on the 12th November a collection of uniquely designed giant baby elephants strolled into Cardiff City Centre for their first visit to the Welsh capital.
The arrival of the elephants is part of the Elephant Tour organised by intu to raise awareness and funds to help protect the Asian elephant which is close to extinction. The Parade will bring all of Cardiff’s community together to raise funds for the Asian Elephant Foundation, a charity that is tasked with preserving the Asian elephant through a range of conservation projects.
The Elephant Parade, which began in London in July, has already visited other areas in the UK including Newcastle and Manchester, after visiting other cities across the globe such as Milan, Copenhagen, Rotterdam and Singapore.
Where to find Cardiff’s elephants?
The elephants have been designed by a range of UK celebrities and artists including the Welsh presenter Alex Jones and designer Mercy Delta. The Elephant Parade will be in Cardiff for three weeks before moving onto its next destination. The beautifully designed elephants can be found across Cardiff in a number of the city’s iconic buildings, e.g. the St David’s Centre, St David’s Hall, the Wales Millennium Centre, Sherman Theatre (now Sherman Cymru), the Central Library, Techniquest, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The White Water Centre.
The elephants arrived in Cardiff during the preparations for the Xmas rush, at the same time as the Christmas lights switch on and the opening of Winter Wonderland and it’s hoped the elephants can integrate with the festivities to create a wonderful experience that everyone will enjoy. The commercial director or intu, Trevor Pereira, has said:
“The elephants should add some real surprise and delight to the city in the weeks before Christmas. We hope the elephant statues will raise a lot of money to support the important work of the Asian Elephant Foundation and secure a future for the Asian elephant”.
Elephant Parade founder Mike Spits also celebrated the arrival of the elephants in Cardiff:
“These elephants capture a wide range of artistic styles and representations from artists around the UK. We are thrilled to be coming to Wales for three weeks. Our elephants will be dotted around the town and it will be a fun treasure hunt day out for people to find them”.
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