Preparations are underway for the 2014 Truro St Piran’s Day Parade on March 5.
The parade will begin at 1pm, mustering at the Leats between Edward Street and Castle Street (this is due to current road closures due to street works), and will thread through River Street, St Nicholas Street into Boscawen Street, and the U-Turn back to King Street and into High Cross.
Grand Bard of Gorseth Kernow, Maureen Fuller will give her St Piran’s spring address from the steps of the Cathedral, and will be joined by the Mayor of Truro, the Chairman of Cornwall Council, Sarah Newton MP and children from many of the schools in the Truro area.
A special award will be given to the school which, in the opinion of the Grand Bard, expresses the spirit of Piran most clearly in the parade.
Short performances will be given by St Mary’s and Bosvigo Schools, Truro High School, Roseland School Folk Orchestra and the Richard Lander/Penair Choir.
There will also be a St Piran’s Window Dressing Competition, and musicians coming together from all over Cornwall to play, jam and celebrate, at the White Hart Inn in New Bridge Street.
The Parade is being organised by a partnership of Truro Old Cornwall Society, Truro City Council and Totally Truro.
Mayor of Truro, cllr John Tamblyn said: St Piran’s Day is not only a celebration of Cornish identity and culture, with its values of inclusion and peace, it is also Cornwall’s first day of Spring – hopefull."
Bert Biscoe, president of Truro Old Cornwall Society said: ‘There’s nothing better for feeling Cornish than hoisting a flag, wrapping up in tartan and going marching! This is a day for everybody in Cornwall to be part of what makes our land and people so special – our roots lie deep in the Celtic culture of the saints and stones, and we renew both who and why we are in a special Piran Tide week of events, celebration – some are solemn, some are joyous – most, like the Truro Parade, are both.
Neil Scott, Totally Truro, said: "January and February are very quiet months for trade in Truro. March is a new dawn – doors are open, Spring is in the air, the parade’s on the move, windows are dressed and Piran’s spirit is in the air."