The crowds gathered in Derby city centre on Saturday for the St George’s Day celebrations produced by Derby LIVE. The event featured a brilliant parade led by St George and the Dragon from St Peter’s Cross along East Street, Exchange Street and past the Corn Market before arriving at the Waterfall on the Market Place.
As the parade marched through the streets it was joined by numerous acts celebrating English traditions that enthralled onlookers and added to the excitement. On arrival at the Waterfall, local theatre company the Lost Boys performed an adapted ‘tongue in cheek’ story of St George and the Dragon that thrilled the audiences and kept families laughing and cheering.
The celebrations carried on throughout the day including performances from Hubbub Theatre, sword dancing by Becket Primary School and broom dancing by Wyndham Primary Academy. There was also plenty of traditional song singing, Mummers’ plays, Maypole dances and Morris dancing at the Waterfall stage celebrating English traditions and all their eccentricities.
In the Market Place there were a range of activities including an arts and craft fair, long bow archery and medieval combat display.