The Byres Road parade, dubbed ‘Scotland’s Mardi Gras’, which is organised by and part of the West End Festival (WEF), will take place this weekend, Sunday, 8 June from 12pm-7pm, come rain, hail or shine!
Last year tens of thousands of people turned out on a blazing hot day to see the colourful and musical parade, and it’s expected that the same number will come to the west end of Glasgow for the spectacular event this weekend. Parade day is free for everyone to attend and no tickets or registration is required.
Byres Road (north) and Byres Road (south) closed from 8am to 8pm. Vinicombe Street is closed all day and the Ashton Road car park is closed from midnight on 7th to midnight on 8th June.
Buses are diverted from Queen Margaret Drive via Hyndland Road back to Dumbarton Road – access to the Western Infirmary is from Dumbarton Road. Highburgh Road and University Avenue remain open and can be used as alternative routes.
The festival recommends using the Subway to travel to the west end. The Subway will operate normal working hours on the day, so please be mindful when leaving after 5.30pm.
Residents and businesses have been notified already and signs will go up on Byres Road from Thursday, to minimise disruption.
Michael Dale, Festival director said: “Closing a road in a local area is hard enough when it’s road works, but for a main road in a local area to be closed off for a whole day requires meticulous planning. We’ve been speaking to local businesses and residents for the past month and we’re keen for them to make alternative plans for parking and deliveries so there is little or no disruption to their day.
“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the parade on Byres Road, particularly this year the Byres Road Traders Association, who has this year committed to a three-year plan to assist with costs associated, including the road closure, licences, health and safety, policing, security and of course the clean up.”
With over 500 participants from across Glasgow, featuring giant puppets and handmade costumes, this is the second weekend of the festival which kicked off on Sunday, 1 June with the local favourite, Gibson Street Gala. Despite the rain, thousands turned up and enjoyed the fun, crafty and musical day.
This year’s parade theme is ‘identity’ and community groups around Glasgow have been working on their costume designs which they make and wear in the parade procession.
The day holds: street performers along Byres Road, a food and drinks area and art and craft stalls on Ashton Road carpark.
The parade will start at 3pm from the Botanic Gardens and work its way down Byres Road, turn left to head along to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery before dispersing on the Dumbarton Road steps.
Local businesses benefit
It’s expected that local businesses will take around £1million revenue on parade day, with local residents and visitors from out-with the Glasgow area making the most of the diverse range of shops, bars and restaurants the west end has to offer.
Restaurants and bars have organised their own extended licenses for dedicated outside areas but drinking is not permitted out-with these areas. Please drink responsibly.
WEF is more than just the parade
With over 400 events in the festival programme there’s still plenty of time to attend events across the west end, many of them are free. The festival ends on Sunday, 29 June.
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