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Blooming brilliant West End Festival parade day

By on June 8, 2015

The sun burst through to shine on the West End Festival’s Mardi Gras parade yesterday as around 80,000 people thronged the Botanic Gardens, Byres Road, Dumbarton road and the Kelvingrove Bandstand to watch the procession.

Almost 500 people, including many children, took part in the the parade which was themed around ‘bloom’ this year. The fun had been going on all day as local businesses made the most of the Byres Road closure to traffic with bars and cafes, markets, stalls and around 40 street entertainer acts adding to the party atmosphere.

Community groups, schoolchildren and organisations from across the city had been worked for the last few months to prepare the costumes and floats – such as the giant thistle, colourful hot air balloon, life-size pears and a bluebell!

Liz Scobie, chairman of theWest End Festival said: “Already we’ve had huge support for our 20th West End Festival. The Gibson Street Gala, a world premiere, local markets and stalls and now the famous parade, all within a week! Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who help make all of this happen.

“Next week we’re launching a special exhibition at the Kibble Palace with the Kelpie maquettes, salsa dancing, comedy, whisky master-class, kids activities, science, a ceilidh and numerous top class music events and theatre. So much to choose from, it’s difficult to pinpoint one or two highlights!”

See the full West End Festival event listings at westendfestival.co.uk

 

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