Bangor Saint David’s Day Parade is a hit

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Bangor High Street was a hive of activity on Sunday morning, March 1, as the first ever Saint David’s Day Parade attracted amazing support from adults and children of all ages.

Saint David’s Day parade wending its way through Bangor.
Saint David’s Day parade wending its way through Bangor.

A 200-strong crowd marched along the city’s streets, which had been decorated with bunting by Bangor City Council, including Deiniol the Dragon from Asda; the Cathedral’s puppets; a gathering of folk dancers; those proudly wearing red, traditional costumes or carrying daffodils; and a large number of Welsh flags.

As the crowd entered the Cathedral they were met with a feast for the senses with the smells of roasting lamb; the taste of Bara Brith ice cream made especially for the occasion by Antonniazzi; the colour of the crafts and the sights and sounds associated with storytelling, traditional dance with Dawnswyr Môn and singing. This included a stirring rendition of Finlandia with the help of Pontio’s flashmob.

Organisers were also grateful to Asda for their kind donation of a Welsh produce hamper to raise money for #teamirfon.

The Saint David’s Day parade reaches the Bangor Cathedral.
The Saint David’s Day parade reaches the Bangor Cathedral.

The whole day was the fruits of the labours of hunaniaith, which promotes the use of the Welsh language in Bangor; Bangor’s Welsh Language Initiative; the Cathedral; Pontio and the support of other contributors.

One of the organisers, Tegwen Parry, said that the support of local people had been most heartening. She added: “An event like this has been a great help in raising awareness of the Welsh language and Welshness in the city. We are now looking forward to an even bigger parade next year – we started the planning straight after the event!

” hope the parade will go from strength to strength and will grow to be one of the annual highlights on Bangor’s events calendar.”