The Parade is strictly non-political, and we are scrupulous in applying that rule.
• No political flags
or banners are allowed on the Parade
• No banners proclaiming political slogans are allowed. That includes non-party political single-issue campaign groups.
• We will not allow the Parade to be used to promote any particular cause, whatever the individual merits or validity of that cause.
• No chanting of political slogans is allowed on the Parade.
• If anyone is invited to address the Parade at the Closing Ceremony they are briefed to keep their address strictly non-political.
St David’s Day is obviously a Christian Festival, and the importance of St David and the other Christian saints such as Dyfrig, Illtyd, and Teilo etc in our history and the shaping of our nation is not to be denied. But beyond being, at root, a Christian festival, St David’s Day is also Wales’ National Day when people, whether they regard themselves as Christian or not, celebrate Wales’ history, culture, heritage, identity etc. For most people St David’s Day has come to mean something more than just a particular saint’s Feast Day, and so the Parade is not a religious parade per se (although it contains religious elements).
Recognising that Wales is no longer an exclusively Christian country, people of all religions and none are welcome on the Parade, and we send out invitations to all the main faith groups in Wales (ie. Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sikh, Druids) to send official representatives to walk together (symbolic of unity) on the Parade.
In doing so, we hope to
focus on the principles which unite, rather than divide, all faith groups. That
is, essentially, the message of love, peace, and the communality of interests
which unite the whole of mankind.