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Elephant Parade in London

Indian Elephants

Elephant Parade in London

With over 250 elephant mascots dotted around the city I’m surprised I didn’t spot one earlier than I did. After I saw my first one walking into central London I soon started spotting them everywhere. With a good excuse to explore London I started on my search. Each Elephant is painted/designed by a different artist or celebrity such as Marc Quinn, Paul Smith, De Beauvoir Primary School in Hackney (Years 4 & 6) and many more.

Indian Elephant

It’s anticipated that over 25 million people will see the elephants making it London’s biggest outdoor art event. The purpose of the Elephant Parade is to highlight the crisis facing Asian elephants and to raise money for the elephant family charity. All of the elephants will be auctioned, and the money raised will go towards protecting Asian elephants and their habitat. To find out more about the elephant parade visit elephantparadelondon.org.

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

Indian Elephant

I’ve included a few of my favourites on this page but if you’re keen to see more I suggest visiting Jason Parvins’ site as he’s amazingly managed to find and photograph every elephant!