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Your guide for St David's Day in Cardiff

 Last year's St David's Day parade on St Mary Street  ©Nick Treharne

Last year’s St David’s Day parade on St Mary Street ©Nick Treharne

This year, the 1 March celebration for St David’s Day are a Sunday and there are plenty of things to do with families and friends in Cardiff over the weekend.

The annual St David’s Day parade, featuring dancers, folk musicians, a dancing dragons and young people dressed in traditional costumes, is the largest one in Wales and will leave City Hall at 12:30pm and will cheer its way into the city centre before ending at Cardiff Castle at around 1:15pm. The festivities will continue inside Cardiff Castle from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and will be free of charge.

From 25 February to 1 March, a Welsh craft market will take place on the Hayes.

There will also be plenty of music and entertainment on the day. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus, conducted by Gareth Jones, and joined by Welsh baritone Bryn Terfei will give a concert celebrating Welsh music at 4pm at St David’s Hall on 1 March. Tickets can be booked now and cost between £10 and £32.

The Millennium Stadium is holding a series of free Welsh music concert on 1 March

between 11am and 6:30pm Glanfa Stage, featuring the folk Cwmbran male voice choir, the choir from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guard, celtic-inspired and harpist Delyth Jenkins and Cardiff singer songwriter Catrin Herbert.

The evening will culminate in a celebration of 50 years of charts, which will revisit some Welsh-flavoured worldwide hits from Dame Shirley Bassey, Ricky Valance, Shakin’ Stevens, The Flying Pickets, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Duffy and Sir Tom Jones, presented by special guests Ricky Valance, Amy Wadge and James Dean Bradfield.

Thousands of daffodils and Welsh cake are being prepared in Cardiff ahead of Sunday’s celebration, have a read by clicking here.

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