Bangor St David's Day Parade 2017
Bangor St David’s Day Parade 2017
Despite the pouring rain on Saturday, 4 March, hundreds of people ventured down to the city centre to join in Bangor St David’s Day Parade, organised by Menter Iaith Bangor, in partnership with BID Bangor and with the support of Bangor City Council. This was the third time for the Parade to be held and the paraders showed their support again, making it a success once more.
The Codi’r To ensemble entertained people in the rain outside Storiel whilst waiting for everyone to gather. The Mayor of Bangor, Councillor Dewi Williams, along with Mr Urdd and Sali Mali, led the parade of children and adults dressed in their red, white and green, waving their Welsh Dragon and St David’s flags. The majorettes and Confucius Institute members along with local primary schools brought colour to the parade too.
Due to the bad weather, plans had to be changed at the last minute so that the procession, having gone from Storiel to the High Street and down to the clock, ended in Bangor Cathedral. In the warmth of this beautiful building, Band Llanrug, local rock band Chwalfa, Bangor acoustic singer Elidyr Glyn and Côr y Penrhyn provided a programme of traditional and modern Welsh music. The organisers also welcomed members of the Bangor Confucius Institute to the event this year, for the first time, and the audience were enchanted by traditional Chinese music, dance and sword play.
Another new development for the parade this year was the St David’s Day Window competition, for the best-dressed Welsh window. The adjudicators, Karen Griffith, Manager of the Business Department at Coleg Menai, and the Mayor of Bangor, walked the length and breadth of Bangor High Street and Upper Bangor and said they were impressed to see that 15 businesses and shops had taken part, describing this as a great start to what will become an annual competition. The winner this year was the Age Concern shop who received a prize of two tickets kindly donated by Zipworld, Bethesda.
Menna Baines, chair of Menter Iaith Bangor, said:
“Despite the wind and the rain, the Parade was a huge success once again. Thanks to all who braved the elements to support this important event for Bangor. It was good to see people from all parts of the city and of different cultures joining in and participating. Our aim as usual was to raise the profile of the Welsh language and its culture in Bangor, and the St David’s Parade is a great way to do this. We hope the event will grow and develop from year to year.”
For more information please contact Menna Baines, Chair of Menter Iaith Bangor, on 07867 697921; Tegwen Parri, Secretary, on 07720 328272; or Dylan Bryn Roberts, Manager and Development Officer, on 01248 370050 / 07989 393445. E-mail: email@example.com