St Andrew’s Day West End Torchlight Parade takes place this Friday

The third Glasgow’s St. Andrew’s Day Torchlight Parade will take place this Friday, 30 November, and organisers are calling on Glaswegians to take part.

The torchlight parade will gather in Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens at 6.15pm and those who have purchased torch tickets (£10) will get their torches and light up the gardens for the procession which kicks off at 6.45pm.

There will be a rolling road closure which will ensure parade participant safety whilst minimising disruption for motorists. The parade will finish at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum where there will be a short performance from fire dancers and the pipe bands.Those who have not bought tickets can do so on the evening.

Spectators are encouraged to line Byres Road and spectate as the parade passes, where there will be pipe bands playing and the parade will be led by Glasgow’s Lord Provost and Patron of the event, Councillor Eva Bolander.

Part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals, the torchlight parade will kick off the festive season and will closely be followed by Fair Saturday (1 December) in Glasgow, supporting smaller businesses and a global movement to create social impact.

Wrist bands to participate without a torch (£3) are also available and kids who take part will get a free glowstick instead of a torch. Full information, FAQs and tickets available here.

Michael Dale, director, West End Festival commented: “The torchlight parade aims to unite people in Glasgow, bringing different communities and cultures together, bringing a real sense of pride and of course having fun at the same time.

“We’d like to remind everyone to dress for the weather and invite everyone participating to have their faces painted with the St Andrew’s flag. We’ll have face painters ready!”

A donation from every torch sold will be made to Spirit Aid, the chosen charity. Founder and actor, David Hayman will join the parade once again, with his team.