Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Opening Parade

Yesterday saw the opening parade for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.  As in previous years, thousands of people lined the streets to watch the 300+ participants pass by, from 17 different countries, all singing and dancing.  It really is quite a spectacle.  Despite being a dry day, typically it started to drizzle just as the parade started off at 4.30.  The event lasts until Sunday, with all sorts of concerts, competitions and events.  There's even a "Folk Friday" with lots going on in the Eisteddfod field, plus a concert in the Steam Railway Station on Friday night, hosted by Frank Hennessey (tickets £10 - bargain).
I could'nt really get a good view with the number of spectators - now with their brollies up, so I nipped round a couple of back streets & managed to get some great pics, which I hope will give you a flavour of the spirit of the Eisteddfod....

 Sir Terry Waite, Eisteddfod President led the parade.  Unfortunately, his car broke down on the way round, hence the "minders" following it - ready to start pushing, should it happen again


Lots of Welsh and Irish....


Our pal Kieth, directing the procession, whilst handing out leaflets as he goes.  Spot the Cornish Flag held by the man behind him.

Above, my friend Annette's daughter, Larissa, holding the banner for the Eisteddfod


More Welsh...

A few English......

More Welsh....

School choir from Llanelli - with a splendid rendition of Sospan Fach!

Now for the serious costumes ......

beautiful dresses in vibrant colours

The hop, skip and a jump dance.

More fantastic costumes.....




Though why Fireman Sam should be bringing up the rear is beyond me.
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1 comment:

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Wow it looks amazing. Wish we could be up there to see it all. Jo x