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By on June 8, 2014

Samba Ya Bamba led the Mardi Gras-style parade today as a throng of colourful bands, dancers, floats and children in fancy dress kept up the beat all the way from the Botanic Gardens, down Byres Road and on to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, writes Ginny Clark.

This was another great success for the West End Festival organisers – with more than 500 people from across Glasgow taking part in this year’s parade, themed ‘Identity’.

Thousands of people lined the route, from those enjoying the stalls and street performers on Byres Road to the crowds awaiting the parade finale outside the museum – before joining the festivities at the Glasgow Mela next door in Kelvingrove Park.

The parade also included a dance group from Shettleston, Depot Arts Children, Temple Shafton Youth Project  and Turning point  – all joining the spectacular gathering as it wound it’s way towards Kelvingrove for a memorable finish.

Liz Scobie, chair of the WEF, said: “Scotland’s Mardi Gras is always a West End Festival highlight for so many people, as proved again in this our 19th year.  Our social media platforms have been buzzing with excitement and anticipation for weeks.  Everyone loves a party and today’s parade has showcased so much creativity, colour and wonderful rhythms. It’s been a fabulous opportunity to kick-start what is going to be such a special summer for Glasgow and Scotland!”

 “A big thanks to Michael, Noel, the volunteers and all the organisations we work with that contribute so much to ensure the success of Festival Sunday. I also want to say a big thank you to the businesses that have helped fund parts of today – your support is crucial. A final thank you to our principal funders Big Lottery Celebrate, Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council.”

Local businesses enjoyed the additional footfall and many local craft makers sold  their works at the stalls. Festival organisers were delighted this year when a supporting relationship was confirmed with Byres Road Traders Association, after a call was put out earlier in the spring for local traders to support this important day and ‘give something back’.

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council, said: “The West End Festival’s parade is always a memorable occasion and today’s was the best ever.  The thousands of us who lined the route this afternoon saw fantastic colour and we enjoyed the amazing atmosphere of the parade.”

With more than 400 events in the festival programme there’s still plenty of time to attend events, many of them are free. The festival ends on Sunday, June 29.

#WEF2014 @westendfest

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