PARENTS have been given permission to take their children out of school to make sure Falmouth's first St Piran's Parade involving youngsters is as successful as possible.
Falmouth and Penryn secondary schools are taking part on March 5, along with Mylor and Mabe primaries.
And children at Mawnan Smith and Flushing will be allowed to miss school for the event.
Organiser Vicki Ferguson said: "The committee has been working hard to make it a success. We need to start somewhere and I am pleased that some of the schools have fully supported the idea."
The five Falmouth primaries are not involved this year, but she hopes they will be in future.
"It is disappointing, but last term they were involved with Oyster Festival and the 350-year celebration," she said.
"Next year I am sure at least two will participate and hopefully all. I am certain the event will grow."
A number of local groups such as dance schools, Scouts, Guides, sea cadets, local history, WI and others have also been approached to take part.
Members of the Penryn Inner Wheel Club will organise the refreshments for adults, with help from members of An Kylgh Kernewek, a Cornish language class.
Falmouth Town Council has given a grant for storyteller Trevor Lawrence to take along dressing-up clothes and invite youngsters to take part in stories, song and dance.
Falmouth, Penryn, Mabe and Mylor schools will provide dancers for the parade, with Falmouth also providing a brass band.
The parade begins at 9.30am from the WI Hall in Webber Street and will go to Market Strand, the Prince of Wales Pier and Killigrew Street to The Moor.
At 10.45am they will return to the hall for storytelling and refreshments.
Shops are being invited to decorate their windows with a St Piran's theme to be judged by a Cornish bard with a trophy for the winner.
For further information contact Vicki on 01326 315013.