15,000 enjoy pilgrimage and street party for Alban Weekend
PUBLISHED: 15:09 26 June 2018
A procession of pilgrims paraded through the city centre on their way to St Albans Cathedral this weekend.
On Saturday thousands of locals turned out to watch the Alban Weekend procession, which included giant puppets reenacting the saint’s tale.
The pilgrims laid roses at Alban’s shrine and the Very Revd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, welcomed them to the abbey in their native languages - which included Romanian, Norwegian and Swedish.
He said it was wonderful: “There was a really happy buzz about the day and enormous thanks and congratulations to everyone who took part.”
On Sunday, 15,000 people attended a six-hour long street party on St Peter’s Street organised by St Albans district council (SADC).
There were more than 70 traders, street performers, theatre, cabaret, dancing, face-painting, trampolining, and live music. Among the other activities, there was a workshop on First World War poppy-making for children and also on the art of screen painting at St Albans Museum and Gallery.
To celebrate Bike Month, there was also a stunt ramp and an opportunity for the public to try some tricks.
Cllr Salih Gaygusuz, SADC’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, said: “The Alban Street Festival was as popular as ever pulling in 15,000 visitors to our historic city on what was a glorious summer day.
“Organised by the council, this free festival for the community is also part of a wider strategy to attract visitors to our wonderful city.”
During the event St Albans mayor Cllr Rosemary Farmer opened the Incredible Edible Civic Centre Food Garden managed by FoodSmiles.
She said: “There were lots of activities at the Alban Street Festival for the whole family to enjoy, from music and dance performances to art workshops.
“There was also the Sustainability Zone where I was honoured to open the Incredible Edible garden where volunteers grow free food for people to pick and eat.”