Banner-waving teachers braved an early morning downpour as they picketed outside Bhasvic College.
The initially gloomy outlook soon made for unseasonably warm sunshine and the approving horns of passing motorists.
About 30 union members gathered outside the school at the corner of Old Shoreham Road and Dyke Road before heading right down to the key rally on the Pavilion Gardens.
In the course of the day protesting teachers repeated the identical three mantras: regret for resorting to industrial action, passion for his or her profession and contempt for the policies of Education Secretary Michael Gove.
Philip Anthony, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) representative at Bhasvic, said: “There’s a feeling that although many are reluctant to resort to strike action we’ve reached the purpose where there’s no alternative because Michael Gove isn’t listening.
“Quite most of the people are beeping their horns and giving because the thumbs up, that is quite encouraging.”
Assistant secretary for NUT Brighton and Hove Ron Gordon, who was also outside Bhasvic, said: “We don’t like to be celebratory about closing schools, but today shows the strength of feeling.
“A lot of oldsters have shown understanding with the predicament that teachers were installed.
“Some people have linked schools closures with fines for absences. That’s an exceptional point, but it’s misdirected. These fines are imposed by the govt – another ill-thought-out policy teachers address.”
Bhasvic teacher Gallit Shaltiel added: “Education isn’t a business and these policies will make teachers give attention to pay.
“We desire to do the ideal for all students, not only those in our class. Teaching isn’t about being competitive.”
After an hour outside the school the gang joined up with hundreds more on the Pavilion Gardens, awash with union banners, piercing whistles and megaphones.
Teachers old and young were joined by children, relatives and well-wishers with an estimated 2,000 joining the primary march shortly after 11am.
Roads were closed because the marchers were strung out around the city centre, before culminating in rallying speeches on the Brighton Centre.
Snaking down North Street, the protesters headed up the Old Steine, up Marlborough Place towards York Place, and up Trafalgar Street.
Stretching out the suitable a part of a mile, marchers proceeded down Queens Road and West Street, ending at about 12pm.
Will Power, of Varndean College, said: “There’s a feeling of solidarity.
Individuals are standing up for what they think in.
“I hope it’ll make a difference but I’m unsure Michael Gove cares. My main concern is people might be scared clear of the profession.
“I think Gove is making state schools so difficult to work in so he can push forward his academies plan.”
While several city councillors took to the streets in solidarity with the protest others weren’t so sympathetic.
Councillor Patrick Warner, of Eastbourne Borough Council, tweeted: “Disappointed that my enthusiastic hardworking son didn’t have sufficient numbers of teachers at Bishop Bell to teach him today.
“I strongly believe that our youngsters shouldn’t be used as pawns in disagreement with the federal government.
“Teachers don’t always have a simple job but they’re still protected against a few of the harsh realities of the true world.”
Others were equally unimpressed after being caught up in closed roads.
Carl Druce, a delivery driver stuck in queues, said: “I’m not likely to lie, it’s quite annoying. It’s put us several hours behind.
“Teachers receives a commission greater than many people and get quite a lot of day off, so I’m not likely sure what they’re protesting about.”
James Hawkins, of Brighton who also got stuck around Trafalgar Street, said: “It’s just a little inconvenient.
I don’t think they truly have much of a gripe with each of the pay and holidays they get. They get a great number of assist in class with assistants, I don’t really know it.”
With hundreds of marchers reaching a standstill on West Street some went right into a 400-capacity conference room on the Brighton Centre but others dispersed so the street could reopen.
Rowena Gerrett, of Dorothy Stringer, said: “I’m really cross because there have been most of these people stood within the road and the police advised the NUT to get us to disperse.
“Plenty of people peacefully did what they were asked and now there’re numerous empty seats within the room.”
Inside protesters were addressed by Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and NUT secretary for Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden Phil Clarke.
Mr Clarke said: “This is set greater than pay, pensions and retirement ages.
“This is ready teachers standing up for ourselves as professionals.
This can be a defence of state education.
“We don’t need to strike again.
We wish the govt to peer sense. But we’re prepared to in the event that they won’t.”
He called for a coordinated strike among workers to fight against Government attacks at the public sector.
MPCaroline Lucas told the audience the Greens were the sole party supporting the action.
She said: “There’s a true sense of common cause to assert to Government that they have got to desert the ideology that claims private is ideal and public is bad.
“We want public services back and we are going to fight for them.
“Each crisis is getting used by the govt as a possibility to roll back the state.
“Gove doesn’t trust you to do your job. Until he does his job better he should stop worrying a lot about how you’re doing yours.”
Also speaking was Fire Brigades Union representative Steve Liszka from Preston Circus, who said firefighters were facing a similar attacks on conditions as teachers.
He said: “In two decades time we don’t realise we’ve got failed our kids. It really is concerning the way forward for the education system.”
A few of the loudest applause was reserved for Noah Rutter, of Blatchington Mill.
He said: “I didn’t become a teacher for the cash or pension, but since it was something i wished to be pleased with.
“It upsets and angers me when Government and press show so little understanding and phone us selfish and greedy.
“If we were greedy we’d are getting investment bankers.
“We must stop Gove bulldozing education and attempting to turn it right into a private enterprise.”