Greater Manchester celebrates St George’s Day

St Georges flags bunting

Each year, Greater Manchester celebrates the festival of England’s patron saint in style.

England’s biggest celebration of St George takes place each year in Manchester city centre and this year is no exception.

St George will be honoured through a weekend of flamboyant events from midday Friday 19 April and will continue until Sunday 22 April – with the annual St George’s Day Parade from 11.30am until 1.30pm on Sunday.

The parade – which has been running for 10 years – will start at 11.30am at Varley Street, Miles Platting, but will take a new route this year due to a large fire on Oldham Street earlier this week.

Snaking its way down Ancoats Street, the route will now divert down Lever Street to Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter, before join Oldham Street once again through to Piccadilly Gardens. The three mile parade will then continue its way along Newton Street, Great Ancoats Street, Oldham Road, Butler Street and Bradford Road before returning to Varley Street.

Manchester’s fourth St George’s Festival will return to Albert Square this year, with a variety and performers expecting thousands of visitors each day – with entertainment running across each day from midday until late.

The festival, that celebrates England through the ages, brings a variety of entertainment for all the family – including music from brass bands, to folk and rock and dancing from the ever talented Morris Men.

Fresh food will complement a well-stocked beer and cider festival marquee – as well as a hog roast – with a touch of yesteryear as members of the Sealed Knot historical society don traditional costume – while younger visitors will be kept busy with an inflatable castle, penalty shootout and traditional fun fair. 

All of this is ahead of the actual saint’s day itself, which is on Tuesday 23  April.

For more information visit: www.stgeorgefestival.net or join the conversation on twitter @stgeorgefest.

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