|Where:||Penzance, Cornwall starting at Causewayhead and Perranporth starting at the Beach, Truro starting at Waterfall Gardens|
|When:||5th March Penzance & Truro & nearest Sunday to 5th Perranporth|
|Time:||10.15 Penzance, 11 am Truro & 6pm Perranporth|
St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall and his feast is widely observed throughout the county on March 5th each year. Interest in the saint grew as part of the Celtic Revival movement and there are numerous events associated with the festival today. Several towns have processions including Bodmin, Truro, Marazion, Launceston and Falmouth ; perhaps the best known are the celebrations at Penzance, Truro and Perranporth so the details of these are given here. At Penzance there is a parade with hundreds of participants in the morning and in the evening of the Sunday nearest the 5th you can welcome St Piran himself on the beach at Perranporth, after which he processes to the village for a bite to eat. Truro’s parade starts at the Waterfall Gardens (off St George’s Road) and finishes at High Cross with performances by schoolchildren, followed by a celebration of Cornish culture at the Cathedral . Expect lots of black and white Cornish flags and traditional Cornish food – lots of pubs and hotels put on a special menu for the day.
There are plenty of opportunities throughout the day to celebrate the festival – if you plan ahead you can probably get to three different ones for morning, afternoon and evening.
Some places like Redruth and Perranporth hold their celebrations on a weekend near the day rather than on 5th itself- in 2017 the 5th is a Sunday so festivities will be Saturday 4th March for Redruth and Sunday 5th for Perranporth. In addition, at Perranporth there’s sometimes a ceilidh at the Upper Deck pub and on the Friday evening St Piran arrives on the beach accompanied by his pipe band, ready for the parade on Sunday.
Also associated with the event is the annual World Pasty Championship held at the Eden Project, usually on the Saturday before St Pirans Day. For more info click here : http://www.edenproject.com/visit-us/whats-on/other-activities
Click here for Truro’s Facebook page (Truro is starting earlier than previously in 2017, at 11 am) ; http://www.facebook.com/stpiransdaytruro
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