St David's Day Celebrations & Parade
St David’s Day Events
SATURDAY 1 MARCH
St David’s Day Parade
The Parade leaves City Hall at 12.30pm and travels down Kingsway, St John Street, Working Street, The Hayes, Mill Lane, St Mary Street, High Street and through Cardiff Castle’s main gate into the castle grounds at approximately 1.15pm.
As always the St David’s Parade will be brimming with colourful carnival dancers, community and youth groups in Welsh traditional costume, Welsh folk musicians, dance groups and dancing dragons. That’s not all, look out for the famous Giants of Wales Owain Glyndwr, Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Gethin Jenkins and Nessa!
Welsh Entertainment in Cardiff Castle
Once you have followed the parade to Cardiff Castle, come and enjoy Welsh music, folk dancing, carnival characters and drumming in the Castle grounds from 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Admission to the castle grounds will be free between 1.00pm and 3.30pm for those taking part or following the parade. If however, you are heading straight to the Castle grounds before 1.00pm or after 3.30pm there will be an admission fee.
Cardiff Story Museum
Minny Street Church Exhibition
March - May 2014
Opening on 1 March, members of Minny Street Church in Cathays explore the history and story of their church and community. Over 130 years old, Minny Street Church is one of the oldest churches in the city.
St David's Day Drawing Competition
Enter the St David’s Day Competition at Cardiff Story Museum and draw something Welsh for St David's Day! The competition opens on 22 February and all entries must be handed in to museum staff by 5.00pm on St David's Day 1 March. Children of all ages can enter to get the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Winners will be revealed on the Cardiff Story Museum website.
St David's Day Gala BBC NOW at St David’s Hall
Enjoy a medley of traditional Welsh songs on Saturday 1 March from 7.00pm. Conductor Grant Llewellyn presides over a traditional St David's Day Gala concert joined by Welsh soloists and choirs, guaranteed to bring a joyful "hwyl" to the evening. There's a mix of traditional works by Welsh composers, old favourites and a new BBC commission from Paul Mealor. Come and join in one of the best-loved traditional gala events in Cardiff's calendar.
St David’s Day Fun at St Fagan’s National History Museum
Where better to celebrate St David’s Day than at St Fagan’s National History Museum. Call in for a wealth of all things Welsh including folk dancing, traditional baking, giant daffodils and a complimentary Welsh cake. 10.00am to 4.00pm.
The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama host their own St David’s Day celebration full of variety and energy. Filled with Welsh flavour, highlights will include the REPCo Brass Band and the Student Union Male Voice Choir. 7.30pm
St David’s Day Celebrations at National Museum Cardiff
A selection of St David’s Day events and activities are taking place at the National Museum Cardiff with leek tossing, a bara brith eating competition, design your own Welsh game, Welsh cake baking and a visit from Decimus the dragon.
SUNDAY 2 MARCH
St David’s Day Run at Sophia Gardens
The St David’s Day Run will continue the celebrations and raise money for local charities. Over the years the event has gone from strength to strength and raised thousands of pounds for local charities such as ‘Help a South Wales Child’. The route around Bute Park is a great family day out with lots of local entertainment.
OTHER EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY TO SATURDAY 1 MARCH
La Traviata, Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre
Treat yourself this St David’s Day to La Traviata, performing from 11 February to 1 March. A life-affirming celebration of the fact that essential human qualities like compassion, love and self-sacrifice do exist.
Under Milk Wood at the New Theatre
Celebrate your welsh roots with an evening Under Milk Wood. Performing from 11 to 15 March, Under Milk Wood has humorous and enchanting characters living in Llareggub, a small Welsh town by the sea. Meet blind Captain Cat, Mog Edwards and his sweetheart Miss Price, Sinbad Sailor, Dai Bread, Polly Garter, Nogood Boyo and Lord Cut Glass. Dylan Thomas explores their lives, hopes and thoughts in the dreams of a night and the rhythm of a day.
THURSDAY 27 FEBRUARY – SATURDAY 1 MARCH
Hayes Craft Market
Welsh themed stalls will be located across the Hayes in Cardiff where you are sure to find a shopper's paradise full of unique crafted Welsh souvenirs and gifts. If you are looking for a special gift for someone or simply just love shopping, make your way to the Hayes in Cardiff city centre. The Market will be open from 10.00am – 5.30pm where a warm Welsh welcome is guaranteed.
There is a special concert celebrating St Davids Day to raise funds for the Living Room Cardiff featuring Côr Meibion Taf Male Voice Choir and will be held at Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Chapel in the Hayes, Cardiff, on Friday 28th February at 7.30pm.
GET INTO THE ST DAVID’S DAY SPIRIT!
If you are unable to make it to any of the events, don’t worry, there are lots of ways to celebrate and show your support for St David's Day. Here are just a few simple ideas to get you started:
• Pin a daffodil or leek to your clothes
• Wear your Welsh rugby or football shirt
• Bake some Welsh cakes and sell them in work or to your neighbours for charity
• Wear the national costume
• Wear one of those famous daffodil or leek hats you see at Rugby games
• Paint the Welsh flag on your face
• If you can brave the cold weather, why not wear a Welsh kilt?