Ilkeston - St George's Day Parade, 23rd April 2005
w/e 24 April 2005
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

St Georg'es Day Parade

St George's Day was celebrated in Ilkeston with a large parade of people in costume and decorated vehicles through the streets of the town to the Recreation Ground. The thumbnail images above show some of the participants in the parade and below are just a small selection from the parade and the events on the Rutland Recreation Ground.

St George

Astride his trusty steed and accompanied by his lady, St George led the parade through the streets of Ilkeston on Saturday, proudly carrying the English standard for all to see. Forecast cloud and rain failed to materialise and nobody complained, large crowds turning out to partake of the carnival atmosphere.
The Dragon

I'm not sure at this point whether the dragon that followed St George had been vanquished as he was still breathing smoke and was attended by a young maiden although she didn't look in any distress.
Decorated Vehicles

As well as a number of decorated floats, the parade also included a large number of vehicles all sporting flags of England's Patron Saint, St George.
Anglo Saxon Settlers

On the Recreation Ground, a number of people in costume had set up camp recreating the early settlement that later led to the town of Ilkeston. Later in the afternoon the battle of 917AD when Anglo Saxons of Derby and Nottingham captured the counties from the Vikings was re-enacted. We spoke to some of these settlers and found that some of them had travelled from far away to take part in Ilkeston's celebration of St George's Day. Durham, Tamworth and Mansfield were just three of the places in the UK and it was also rumoured that someone from Toronto in Canada was taking part.
Wearing The Flag

A more unusual costume was worn by this gentleman. I can only assume his walk to the Rec through the streets had tired him out and left him somewhat flagging. Unfortunately it was the wrong flag as his attire was that of the Union Flag and not that of St George. Never mind, it's the thought that counts and it all added to the fun.

Meanwhile another St George, a maiden obviously no longer in distress and a friendly dragon seemed to have resolved their differences and were enjoying a pint of good old English ale together.

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