In association with Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, Wrexham Council has organised a St David’s Day parade to take place on Thursday, March 1.
But in addition to the annual parade, a carnival of fun has also been organised for Saturday, March 3.
On St David’s Day itself, the annual parade will be joined by hundreds of primary school children, along with a number of bands and organisations.
The parade will assemble outside the Guildhall from 12.45pm, before starting at 1pm sharp, led by the Cambria Band.
The parade will make its way through town and come back to Queens Square, where pupils from local schools will perform and where everyone will have an opportunity to join in singing Calon Lân and the National Anthem to the accompaniment of the Wrexham County Senior Brass Band. People are also welcome to join in at any point along the route of course.
“Warm welcome for everyone”
Gill Stephen, Chief Officer of Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam, said: “There is a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in taking part in the parade to contact us, whether an individual, school, society or local youth club.”
Cllr John Pritchard, the Mayor of Wrexham, said: “The annual St David’s Day Parade has always proven a very popular event in the heart of Wrexham and we don’t expect this year’s celebrations to be an exception.
“I’d like to thank Menter Iaith and officers at Wrexham Council for the work they put into this event, and extend a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to take part.”
A “best dressed window” contest will also take place in the run-up to the event, with businesses encouraged to deck out their frontages in Welsh and St David’s Day themes, with the winning business taking a trophy.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the parade or taking part in the window dressing competition should contact Gwen Smith, Menter Iaith Fflint a Wrecsam on 01352 744040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More fun on March 3
Further fun and games will take place on Queen’s Square from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, March 3.
Families and visitors are invited to come along and join the fun during the Saturday, with entertainment provided by singer-songwriters Danielle Lewis and Meilir Tomos, and the Welsh learners’ choir Côr Daw.
Other fun on offer during the day will include a bilingual Punch and Judy show and bilingual magician; cooking demonstrations from famed Welsh chef Dai Chef and free arts, crafts and painting.
A variety of stallholders will also set up shop, including King Street Coffee, Oriel Wrecsam, Llangollen Brewery, Welsh T-Shirt and memorabilia producers Cowbois and more.
Stephen Jones, Welsh Language Co-ordinator at Wrexham Council, said: “We know that the annual St David’s Day parade always sees hundreds of people turn out to celebrate all things Welsh, but this year we wanted to make the celebrations last even longer and wanted to organise a fun day for the following Saturday. The events on Saturday promise to be an additional fantastic day out for families.
“”It will also be an excellent opportunity for learners to come along and practice their Welsh, and to hear Welsh being sung and spoken in the heart of Wrexham.”
These celebrations are a part of numerous events that will take place across Wales to celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day, so use #DewiWrecsam on social media for information, to share photos, and to follow the event throughout the day.
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