When? Where? and
The first ever parade will be on a Monday. It is widely felt that, despite
the obvious objections ('First day of the working week'; 'Why not make
it on a weekend?'; 'Disruption of traffic' etc), the parade should take
place on the actual day. Why indeed should there be a compromise on this,
the actual saint's day, when three quarters of a million English Rugby
fans turned out in a winter's dawn in London - and on a Monday morning
- to celebrate their World Cup victory?
The fact that Monday
1st March 2004 is a normal working day may well limit the potential number
of participants, but we feel that the march - especially on the very first
occasion - should take place on the actual day. Many companies in Wales
already give their employees the day off on St David's Day, and this may
well encourage others to do so, thus making it a de facto national holiday
- despite the obduracy of our rulers in Westminster and the puny efforts
of our National Assembly.The parade will leave the Assembly Area in Sophia
Gardens at 2.00pm on Monday 1st March 2004. The route will pass along
Cathedral Road, turn left over the bridge, past Cardiff Castle, follow
the road round towards the Civic Centre, turn right past City Hall, and
finish in the area in front of the City Hall and the National Museum.
Marching time: approximately 25 minutes.