The West End Festival has announced Glasgow’s St Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade will again be open to families and friends who want to take part. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, 4th October.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost, Councillor Eva Bolander, has been announced as the patron of the torchlight parade and the West End Festival is supporting Fair Saturday taking place on 1 December, a global movement to create social impact.
The Lord Provost said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be Patron of this lovely event that signals the start of our festive celebrations – shining a light in the darkness. It’s also wonderful to celebrate St Andrew’s Day with Fair Saturday and the unique and positive cultural experiences it offers.”
Vouchers for torches will go on sale on Thursday, 4 October, at a price of £5 early bird / £10 full price via a dedicated website here or by calling 0333 666 3366. A donation from every torch sold will be made to Spirit Aid, the chosen charity. If you want to take part but don’t want to hold a torch, the ticket will be £3 and you’ll receive a wrist band instead. As children cannot hold torches, they will get a free glow stick.
This evening celebration of Scotland’s patron saint will take the form of a torchlight parade passing through the main parts of the west end using a rolling road closure. The rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the procession to walk but will limit any inconvenience to road users.
Michael Dale, festival director said: “We’re delighted that the West End Festival has once again received support through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme to be part of this winter’s activity in Scotland.
“Building on previous year, we want even more people to take part in the parade and we’d be thrilled if the streets were lined with people cheering us on.”
Festival organisers are encouraging those not taking part in the procession to come along and enjoy the spectacle along the route, at a safe distance.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said: “We’re delighted that the Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, has agreed to be the patron of our torchlight parade.
“We want the torchlight parade to become an annual event and we need the support of Glasgow’s residents and businesses to help us sustain the event going forward.
“In addition, the Torchlight Parade presents the perfect opportunity to support Fair Saturday as the West End Festival is designed to bring people and communities together through its event calendar. ”