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Saint George; slayer of dragons, saviour of damsels, patron saint of England… all round nice guy...

Published on April 21st 2006.

By George!

Saint George; slayer of dragons, saviour of damsels, patron saint of England… all round nice guy. So make sure you do the right thing and celebrate St. George’s day at Piccadilly Gardens on the Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd April. Robin Hood and King Henry VIII will be there.

Starting from 12pm on Saturday, the St. George’s day festival parade will travel through Miles Platting, finishing at the city centre on Sunday 23rd April. There'll be jousting displays, Morris dancing and costumed market traders selling a selection of fresh produce and themed specialities, including dragon blood pop and dragon soup. Mmm.

The Prince of Thieves himself Robin Hood and his merry Vale Royal Acting Society will be making an appearance, re-enacting ye olde English legend, and knights in armour will be entertaining the crowds with their jousting finesse at Piccadilly Gardens. And if you know of, or are responsible for, a loud mouthed child, there will be a competition to find the loudest young town crier in the city.

The St George's Day parade on Sunday 23rd April features around 40 floats and 500 people dressed as traditional and modern characters from representing diverse English culture. Children from Nicholas Varley School will be in costume as knights and damsels and Rose Queens from all over the city will join the parade.

Festival organiser Jack Bradshaw, who can be spotted in the parade dressed as Henry VIII, escorted by some of his wives (heads attached), said: "We have built up last year's St George's Day festival and parade to bring a bigger and better event that we hope to develop in years to come."

Councillor Mark Hackett, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure said: "The St Georges Day Festival and Parade is a great opportunity for all Mancunians to celebrate the diversity of English culture in our 21st century city."

The St. George's day merriment will be appearing mainly in Piccadilly Gardens from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd April.

Stephen Fairbanks
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