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Easter parade coincides with Pickie's 'big reveal'

This weekend's Easter festival kicks off the summer events programme in North Down.

Bangor will be awash with colour for the highlight of the borough's celebrations, the funday and parade on Easter Monday, April 9.

The Diamond Masquerade themed parade begins at 3pm and will include over 200 young people from St Malachy's Primary School, St Columbanus College, St Comgalls Primary School, Barre 2 Soul, Rathgael Gymnastics, St Gall's Brownies and Guides, North Down Scouts and Bangor Air Training Corps.

Between 10am and 6pm there will be lots going on, from the Sho'werks modified car display at McKee Clock to the HMS Bangor at Eisenhower Pier, animal roadshows, giant games, and Eddie Irvine's Laser Quest (-pound;3 per session).

The long wait to see the refurbished Pickie Fun Park will end too.

The park, which reopens on Easter Monday, now boasts an 18 hole maritime themed mini golf course, a children's electric cars and also splash pads.

The Pickie Puffer steam train has been given an enhanced route while the swans have a brand new lagoon.

At the top of the town, there are lots of activities being laid on at the North Down Museum.

Children can join in the Easter egg hunt (11am-1pm with a -pound;1 charge) and under fives can have a go at Easter crafts (11am-1pm with a -pound;1 charge).

Well known singer Eilidh Patterson will be performing from 12noon to 2pm.

Over at Groomsport, there is free children's fun at Cockle Row Cottages down at the harbour over the weekend, April 7/8 from 2pm-4pm.

This marks the start of the 2012 season with weekend fun for little one's continuing through the summer until September 2.

The choice of activities is fun and interactive making it a popular choice for parents and grandparents looking to entertain the little one's for an afternoon.

This Saturday, April 7, there'll be 'Clowning Around', airbrush tattoos -amp; giant games and on Sunday, April 8, make your own fluffy chick, enjoy the Small Animal Road Show by Ark Open Farm -amp; take part in giant games.

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