Celebrate our country’s patron saint and the national day for England at this year’s St George’s Day Parade Nottingham events on Sunday 23 April.
Enjoy the parade by the Royal Society of St George from the Forest Recreation Ground to the Old Market Square.
The parade, departing from the Forest Rec at noon, will be headed by knights on horseback.
In Old Market Square, there will be a performance by Carlton Brass and morris dancing by Ripley Morris Men between 11am and 2pm plus the chance to meet ‘St George’ when the parade arrives (probably between 12.30 and 12.45pm).
There will be another chance to celebrate St George’s Day, in the centre of Bulwell, on Saturday 22 April. Carlton Brass will be performing, ‘St George’ will be there and there will be arts activities and face-painting on offer between 11.30am and 2.30pm.
Videos – St. George’s Day Live 2016 and the 2015 parade too…
Nottingham St. George's Day Parade Broadcast LIVE here today
Posted by West Bridgford Wire on Saturday, April 23, 2016
Who was St.George?
It’s widely agreed by historians that St George was born in Cappadocia (now part of Turkey) in about 280AD. He joined the Roman cavalry and gained a reputation for virtuous behaviour, valour and physical strength.
By the time he had gained charge of a regiment of 1,000 men he had become a favourite of the Emperor, Diocletian. However, Diocletian became one of the cruellest persecutors of Christians and George, who had converted to Christianity, tried to limit the Emperor’s persecutions, with the result that he, too, was arrested.
When he appeared before Diocletian, it is said that he bravely denounced the unnecessary cruelty and injustice of the persecutions but he was condemned to torture and beheading on 23 April 303AD.