The West End is in blossom on Parade Day

Sunday June 7, 2015

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The West End Festival’s Mardi Gras parade took place today, Sunday, 7 June, with nearly 500 participants taking part in the spectacular, themed around ‘bloom’, and an estimated 80,000 lined the streets and soaked up the atmosphere.

The biggest date in the Festival programme is Festival Sunday, which has seen up to 100,000 people lining the streets of Byres Road, Botanic Gardens, Kelvingrove Park and spilling down to Dumbarton Road. Local businesses take advantage of the day with a temporary extension of the bars and cafes into the streets; there were markets/stalls and an awful lot of street entertainment – nearly 40 acts - to help keep the spirit alive even after the parade has finished.  

Organisations from across Glasgow have worked for the last few months to prepare costumes for participating, helping the west end come alive. From a giant thistle and wonderfully colourful hot air balloon to a life-size pear and a bluebell, everyone had a bloomin’ good time!

Hundreds of events (detailed on the WEF website) take place over the next few weeks from music to dance, literature to kids activities and as always, many of the events are free to attend.

Liz Scobie, chairman of the festival commented: “Already we’ve had huge support for our 20th West End Festival. The Gibson Street Gala, a world premiere, local markets and stalls and now the famous parade, all within a week! Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who help make all of this happen.

“Next week we’re launching a special exhibition at the Kibble Palace with the Kelpie maquettes, salsa dancing, comedy, whisky master-class, kids activities, science, a ceilidh and numerous top class music events and theatre. So much to choose from, it’s difficult to pinpoint one or two highlights!”

Full event listings via westendfestival.co.uk

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Scotland's Mardi Gras pleases thousands on Byres Road

Monday June 9, 2014

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Parade day has left all of us here in the mardi gras spirit!

Not only did the 500 plus performers and entertainers put on a great show, but we got some much anticipated sunshine to top the day off. 

Thousands of people took to the street and joined us watching and cheering as the parade passed.

Parade passing Oran Mor

This year’s parade theme, ‘Identity’, was interpreted by community groups and organisations from around Glasgow, in their costume designs which they made and wore for the vibrant parade procession.

The scene took over Byres Road and the surrounding streets and finished off on the steps of the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. 

Living statue outside Curlers

Before the parade began it was great to see so many people wandering up and down Byres Road and around the market in the Ashton Road car park – taking advantage of all the free entertainment and supporting local businesses by stopping for a bite to eat.

Even if the afternoon was a little damp...

BBQ at the butchers

And until next year, a massive thank you to everyone who came along, and to everyone involved! Check out lots of submitted images on our facebook and twitter.

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Guest blog - Putting the fun back into food for children

Wednesday May 29, 2013

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Dribble Delights are putting fun back into food for children with food allergies and food intolerances. We would like to invite all of you to our stall on Sunday,  9 June, 2013 where we will be promoting our e-book and future range of baby food and toddler snacks.

Our delicious and nutritious recipe e-book guides you through the weaning stage and beyond. It’s packed full of advice and tips from a top baby nutritionist and also highlights the quality ‘free from’ staples for your pantry – cherry-picked by Cheryl Ryder (who’s been there, done that and bought the bib (!)) Our e-book is exclusive to Lulu, available to purchase here.

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The festival has been hugely popular in previous years. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Byres Road and the iconic Ashton Lane, what could be better than milling around the stalls of Glasgow’s front runners in art, culture and cuisine?! Hopefully the sunshine will be in attendance too.

Cheryl and kids

We would also urge you to keep your eyes peeled on Reporting Scotland as Dribble Delights will be featuring soon! CEO, Cheryl Ryder, will be baking with her children and discussing her own personal experiences with food allergies and intolerances – the frustration, stress and how Dribble Delights can improve this for parents in similar situations. Stay tuned!

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Do come along for competitions, samples and a fresh outlook on delicious, nutritious food made without gluten, wheat, soya, dairy, lactose, egg or nuts!

Check out our website for more information.

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NEWS - West End Festival launches fundraising campaign to bring back the parade

Monday March 25, 2013

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Glasgow’s favourite festival, which celebrates its 18th birthday this year, has launched a fundraising campaign to raise £50,000 to be able to progress the much loved Mardi Gras Parade on Festival Sunday, 9 June.

Festival Sunday is always a favourite for people who attend the festival, particularly the parade. However, given the recession and as sponsors tightened their belts, festival organisers decided not to progress Festival Sunday last year. Instead it focused on the strengths of the Festival; culture and community, limiting any financial impact.

Liz Scobie, the Festival’s chairman, comments on the work and finance that goes into organising the parade: “This year we will celebrate the festival’s 18th birthday! That’s testament to the support we’ve gained over the years and the success of the festival in the west end.

“Last year we didn’t have our usual parade and some people were disappointed, but we need to be realistic why it couldn’t go ahead. It comes at a price and the costs of road closures, security and clearing-up have sharply risen.  Although we have generous funding from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council, that alone, is not enough to put on such a show. So we would ask for early support this year to ensure the success of the Mardi Gras Parade. The message is; “Get involved!”

Capitalising on the huge support already given online, a crowd funding project has been started on BloomVC so that the festival can raise money and reward pledges. The L.K. Bennett fashion and fizz event on 7th May will also help raise funds and Lancôme has just confirmed it will be the make-up partner for the evening.

Liz Scobie finished: “The Festival is an opportunity for the whole community including local businesses to get involved. Community festivals like the WEF survive because they are by the people, of the people, for the people. We also want to continue to offer free events as part of the festival making it accessible to all.”

The new website will launch early May and the programme will be widely distributed as normal.

There were an estimated 1,800 artists and performers at the 2012 festival. It continues to attract visitors into the City from beyond the City boundaries, last year making up 30% of all visitors.  Festival organisers are aiming for the Parade to be one of the main events which attracts thousands to line the streets as it dances down Byres Road along to Kelvingrove.

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For further information:

Laura Sutherland - Aura PR

T: 0141 337 6712, 07764 936 840

E: laura@aura-pr.com

Notes to editors:

    1. Interviews with Liz Scobie available upon request

 

    1. More than 1 million visitors have attended the event from its start in 1996 and last year there were over 400 events in 80 venues across the west end of Glasgow

 

    1. The festival involves a mixture of new projects delivered by over 100 Glasgow-based organisations and arts groups and a programme of local and international artists, overseen by a small festival team. The West End Festival includes events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours, workshops and screenings, and many are free of charge to allow accessibility

 

    1. It is anticipated that there will be close to 500 events taking place in the west end across the four weeks and five weekends of the festival. A fashion fundraiser with L.K. Bennett is taking place on 7th May at Hotel du Vin to kick off the festival fun.

 

    1. The West End Festival is also on Facebook and Twitter

 

    1. For further information on the West End Festival, visit www.westendfestival.co.uk

 

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