Welcome to Gloucester Day!
The Cross Streets of Gloucester will come alive with stalls, stands, lively performances (on the stage on Southgate Street) and all the pomp and ceremony of the traditional Gloucester Day parade through the four main gated streets, led by the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester, in full Civic Regalia.
Gloucester Day traditionally marks the launch of the festival and raises morale in the City. The Gloucester Day event is the reinstatement of the original Gloucester Day – a day of celebration on the lifting of the siege of Gloucester – in 1643. This occasion was celebrated annually for centuries.
The celebration begins at Gloucester Cross, where local organisations, community groups and charities set up stalls.
The first parade, led by the Mock Mayor of Barton, processes from Constitution walk, through Queens Walk to Gloucester Cross, then down Westgate over to Northgate St, into St Aldate Street to arrive in Kings Square.
In the square the traditional comic meeting of the Mock Mayor of Barton and the Mayor of Gloucestertakes place.
The parade then departs for a Thanksgiving Day service at St Mary De Crypt. After this the parade again makes its way through the city led by the Mayor accompanied by the Sheriff of Gloucester, in full Civic Regalia.
The annual celebration is organised by Gloucester’s town crier Alan Myatt and supported by Gloucester City Council.
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