The West End Festival marked Scotland’s Patron Saint day with a spectacular St Andrew’s Day torchlight parade through the west end of Glasgow.
Around 1,000 people came from Glasgow and beyond on Saturday, 26 November to take part in the parade, creating a river of fire through the city’s streets. The torches lit the way for the 45 minute parade that gathered at Queen Margaret Drive, before proceeding through some of Glasgow’s most historical landmarks, ending in Kelvin Way.
The Torchlight Parade event saw an eclectic mix of entertainment that included live music from SambaYaBamba and SYB Youth Band, as well as an array of pipers, drummers and fire artists. Two choirs and street musicians entertained participants along the route.
Michael Dale, festival director, said:
“We were absolutely delighted with the turn out for the St Andrew’s Day event, our first winter torchlight parade. Thank you to everyone who took part and supported this event and made it a special occasion for all the family.”
A donation for every torch sold is being made to Beatson Cancer Charity, which the festival chose to support for this event.
David Welch, chief executive of Beatson Cancer Charity, said:
“We were so pleased to be the festival’s charity partner and we’d like to thank everyone for all the donations we received and for putting together a really great evening.”
Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade marks the first of a series of celebrations, funded by Scotland’s Winter Festivals. 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.