Penzance is gearing up for one of Cornwall's largest St Piran Day festivals, with hundreds of children dressed in white and black set to dance through the streets on March 5.

The St Piran's Parade will start at the top of Causewayhead at 10.15am with the procession being led by the Golowan Band.  The dance is a typical Cornish Furry with music written specially for Penzance.

From Causewayhead the dancers make their way along part of Market Jew Street before heading down Chapel Street and through to Morrab Gardens where a play is performed about the life of St Piran.

The young dancers return to St John's Hall to enjoy a saffron bun and hear a short talk from the Grand Bard and all join in with a spirited version of Trelawny.

Penzance will also hold a Grand Concert in St John's Hall as part of the annual St Piran festivities. Traditional Cornish songs are at the heart of this celebration of Cornwall which always stars the St Piran Children's Choir and a guest choir, which this year is the Humphry Davy Transitional Choir. This will take place on St Piran's Eve, March 4, starting at 7pm. The Grand Bard will be present.

Festival timetable.

St Piran's Eve Concert - St John's Hall, 7pm, Tuesday 4th March 2013
MC - Mr Douglas Williams
The St Piran's Children's Choir
Humphry Davy Transition Choir
The Grand Bard, Maureen Fuller
Howard Curnow - The Story of St Piran
Presentation of the Chamber of Commerce Silver Salver for the St Piran's Best Dressed Shop Window

Tickets £3.50 adults, free entrance for children
Available from:
Morrab Studio
Penzance Town Council office
On the door at St John's Hall

St Piran's Day Penzance Parade - Wednesday, 5th March
10.15am - The St Piran Procession leaves the top of Causewayhead.
10.40am - St Piran-in-the-Parc - The Procession arrives in Morrab Gardens and a short play on the Life of St Piran is performed by the Humphry Davy School in the Bandstand
11am - The Procession returns to St John's Hall via Morrab Road

Watch videos from other years below.