Monday November 21, 2016
Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade is ready to take place this weekend, Saturday, 26 November, in celebration of St Andrew’s Day. It’s your last chance to book your place!
The Torchlight Parade will be open and accessible to all families and friends who want to take part in a musical and bright 45 minute torch-lit walk through the heart of Glasgow’s west end.
The West End Festival which is organising the event recommends participants dress appropriately for the weather and to think ahead about using public transport to travel, as there is no dedicated event parking.
The route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.
Michael Dale, festival director, said: “Our aim is to make the much anticipated torchlight parade a fun event for everyone. We can look forward to a unique event that will see people from Glasgow and beyond come together and celebrate St Andrew’s Day with their families and friends.
“As always we encourage participants and spectators to use their common sense when it comes to traffic and we want to remind people not to bring alcohol to the event as it is not licensed for drinking.”
The parade’s rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the procession to walk and will limit any inconvenience to road users. Kelvin Way will be closed from 6pm and will re-open at 9pm.
Vouchers for torches are on sale for £10 via the festival website. Full details of the event, timings and how to purchase torches are available on the festival website www.westendfestival.co.uk. For last minute purchases on the day, up until 5.30pm, torch vouchers can be bought at Oran Mor bar, Byres Road.
Fire performers will entertain participants as they gather at Queen Margaret Drive, along with music from Samba Ya Bamba, SYB Youth Band (circa 60 people), Williamwood Pipe Band and the Glasgow City Pipe Band (circa 20 people), who will also play in the parade.
Another sparkling event from the West End Festival and supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council, WM Mann Foundation and Byres Road and Lanes BID.