Patriotic Cornish men, women and children have donned their traditional yellow and black tartan and come out in force for Truro’s annual St Piran’s Day Parade.
The march, which started at the Leats this afternoon, saw dozens of school children, societies and bands snake their way to Truro Cathedral.
Along it’s journey, the procession could be heard chanting ‘kernow’ over the sound of Cornish pipers.
Barbara Griffin, who travelled from Hayle to see the parade, said: “It was excellent and the shops look really nice with the Cornish flags up.”
Flanked by the Mayor of Truro, John Tamblyn, Sarah Newton MP and Chairman of Cornwall Council, John Wood, Grand Bard of Gorseth Kernow, Mrs Maureen Fuller, gave her St Piran’s Spring Address from the steps of the Cathedral.
Bert Biscoe, President of Truro Old Cornwall Society said: “There’s nothing better for feeling Cornish than hoisting a flag, wrapping up in tartan and going marching!
“This is a day for everybody in Cornwall to be part of what makes our land and people so special.
“Our roots lie deep in the Celtic culture of the saints and stones, and we renew both who and why we are in a special Piran Tide week of events, celebration – some are solemn, some are joyous – most, like the Truro Parade, are both.”
The throngs of spectators were treated to performances from St Mary’s and Bosvigo schools, Truro High School, Roseland School Folk Orchestra and the Richard Lander and Penair Choir.
Victoria Freeman, whose daughter India marched with Bosvigo School, said: “It’s lovely – you feel really proud and they’re having a lot of fun.”
The festivities will continue throughout the day with musicians from across Cornwall meeting to perform at the White Hart Inn on New Bridge Street.