St David's Day Parade

Opera Star Bryn Terfel and actor Philip Madoc are Patrons of the Parade
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 10th St David’s Day National Parade Thursday 01/03/2021

Rules and Guidance for Participating Groups

  1. Groups participate on condition that, in doing so, they will conform to the registered objects of the Parade which are to hold an annual parade on Wales’s National Day, March 1st, that is both non-political and non-military in nature. Contact the Cydlynydd (Coordinator) for guidance.
  2. St David’s Day is a Christian Festival but the Parade is not a religious observation and as Wales’ National Day, people of all religions and none are welcome. We invite all organised faith groups in Wales to send official representatives to walk together on the Parade. 
  3. Groups must: register their intention; agree to abide by these conditions and directions; provide steward contact details (e.g. mobile telephone number for use on the day)
  4. Groups must each have named group steward(s) (with separate contact details if different to the person registering), and a group steward must attend the parade briefing, City Hall (11.45 am, 01/03/2021).
  5. Dress: walkers should be decently dressed and we encourage suitable attire for the season, the length of walk (c 1m / 1.6 km) and the celebration of our Patron Saint's Day: national Welsh or other national costume is encouraged, but suitable costumes (dragons etc) and modern informal dress is acceptable.
  6. Military uniforms, banners or paraphernalia and military groups marching are not permitted.
    This is a civilian parade but military personnel, serving or otherwise are very welcome indeed to join the parade, in civilian dress (i.e. without unit or rank insignia, medals or uniform caps). Police or other civilian service personnel (e.g nurses, fire brigade) may parade in uniform.
  7. Group banners; An identifying banner at the head of the group should be non-political, inoffensive and in Welsh as well as any other language(s). We recognise that some first time participants may have difficulty achieving this the first time: please contact us as we may be able to assist you.
  8. Flags - must only be Lluman Dewi Sant (St David's banner - gold cross on black field); Y Ddraig Goch (Welsh National Flag) or Llumanau Tywysogion Cymru (native Princes of Wales, or House of Glyndwr’s).
    You are encouraged to bring flags and enjoy waving them, but it isn't compulsory!
  9. Collecting for charity, selling of goods etc are not permitted on the parade or at the muster, nor is canvassing or distribution of literature with political content. Street selling is controlled by the Council.
  10. Timings:

          11.30       Muster adjacent to City Hall, Cardiff  (CF10 3ND), King Edward VII Ave.
11.45       Group Stewards attend briefing at City Hall - 10 minutes duration

          12.00       Bagad and bands warm up / perform
12.10       All groups in place - NB large posters will direct where each group lines up in KE VII Ave.

          12.30 c.   Parade starts at the signal (blast) of the Arweinydd

          13.15 c.   Arrival in Hayes. National Anthem with Allan yn y Fan and compere Frank Hennessy.

  1. Route (2012):

The distance to be walked is approximately 1 mile / 1.6 kilometres: From City Hall (CF10 3ND) via Boulevard de Nantes, passing Cardiff Castle; High St./St Mary's St. (tbc); Mill Lane, The Hayes.

Parking for coaches and minibuses can be found in the Sophia Gardens car park, off Cathedral Rd.

The St David’s Day Street Party picnic facility for schools will be in/around Working St. (CF10 1GN)

Participating (subject to final confirmation ):

Lead by 'St. David' and the massed banners of St David, Wales and the native princes of Wales; Bagad Kadoudal  - leading Breton pipe and drum band; SWICA modern dance dragons with Fitzalan High pupils and Wonderbrass jazz band; the hand bells of St David's; Cor Cochion Caerdydd, Welsh folk pipes and dancers; Adamant Jazz (traditional marching band); FAW management and squads; Filipino CA, Ysgol Plasmawr, Cardiff & Vale and other school groups, with Heroes of Wales; Nepal CA; yourself, friends and family – why not?

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The Parade is organised jointly by the National St David’s Day Parade Ltd. with support from Cardiff City Council; both have taken care in the management of the order of parade and the planning of the route respectively.  Risk Assessment available on request.

However, please be aware that if you participate in the parade, which will traverse sections of public highway (closed to traffic), you take part at your own risk and participants should take care of themselves and others when mustering or on parade. You are obliged to follow the directions of the stewards at all times. Please take constant care of young children as traffic, horses and large crowds may be part of or close to the parade.


David Petersen Arweinydd 2012:

Marc Evans Cydlynydd / Coordinator gwyldewi@[DEL] / 0299 2021 3629

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