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Milton Keynes is a ‘city’ that likes to be innovative, and we like to do things bigger and better than others, don’t we?

The perfect example rears itself this weekend – with the return of the Walking with Giants parade.

In 2013, more than 8000 visitors were drawn to the large, colourful show with more than 500 participants, and it’s all thanks to the creative hub of Festive Road.

“Festive Road is a jewel in the crown of the arts in Milton Keynes,” said Euan Henderson, Chair of the Arts & Heritage Alliance in Milton Keynes.

“They can always be relied upon to take a creative lead and play a key part in promoting the arts and heritage in our city through collaborative ventures...they inspire hundreds of youngsters through their workshops.”

Before the parade begins, a programme of goodies will include samba, folk dance, acrobatic performances and walkabout entertainment, between 9.30am and midday.

Sunday’s parade will head along Midsummer Boulevard, through Midsummer Place and up to MK Theatre District where street theatre is being staged, including the Weirdy Beardies and the Crimplene Millionaire!

But Walking with Giants is only one event dazzling under the Milton Keynes Festival Fringe, which forms part of the stunning Made in MK season of events.

Things begin today with the Breathing Room, a specially commissioned installation by Anna Berry at the Fringe Space 2 on Silbury Arcade, or how about the Upper Room, an exhibition by Deborah Last ‘using body prints, sound and anatomical drawing to explore the emotions which surround ideas of beauty and self-worth in women,’ found at Fringe Space 1, Central Library.

Both shows will run the duration of the eight day event.

Are you up for a laugh?

Let Simon Jay do the honours this Friday night then, with his one-man comedy show at The Chrysalis Theatre, or go catch Lee Nelson, also tomorrow, over at the Red Dot Bar, stadium:mk

You know ‘im – the star of BBC3s comedy Well Funny People.

He’s the fella with the bling...

There are workshops and performances, slapstick and silliness, walkabout theatre and loads more besides, like the Late Night Gimp Fight comedy, and the return of the Busking on the Buses sessions.

Oh, and don’t miss Pestiferous with their 20minute work which pops out of the shelves to surprise audiences with dance, comedy, physical theatre and poetry.

It’s immersive stuff, and will go live on Saturday at CMK library, at 2pm and 4pm.

Wacky, engaging, fun, and vibrant.

To miss this eight-day delivery is to miss out on something quite spectacular.

For the full listings and latest news, clickety-click to wwwmkfestivalfringe.com