The Shakespeare Birthday Parade
The Stratford community came together once again today to celebrate the birthday of its greatest son, William Shakespeare.
Representatives from organisations across the town lined the streets of Stratford to see in the 458th birthday parade, and the buzz about the town was palpable as friends, families and dignitaries united in celebration.
It is a welcome return for all in the town, according to squire of Shakespeare Morris, Pat Herlihy.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to be back after three years,” said Pat. “You can feel the build up and excitement of everybody who’s missed the event; it's a big day in the calendar of Stratford. I think so many people have missed so much over the last two or three years, so to get some sort of semblance of normality, it just feels as it should be.”
Nearby to Shakespeare Morris, on Waterside, children from Stratford’s primary schools with posies in hand ready to play their part in the celebrations. Bishopton Primary School head Andrew Smith said:
“The children have been looking forward to it,” he said. “They're really excited because we haven't had the chance to do this in the last few years, so doing this is really important. The traditions of Stratford are deep-rooted, and this is a big part of it.