St George's Day celebrations: 22 & 23 April

St George's Day

Celebrate our country's patron saint and the national day for England at this year's St George's Day events on Sunday 23 April.

Enjoy the parade by the Royal Society of St George from the Forest Recreation Ground to the Old Market Square.  The parade, departing from the Forest at noon, will be headed by knights on horseback.

In the Old Market Square, there will be a performance by Carlton Brass and morris dancing by Ripley Morris Men and Ripley Green Garters between 11am and 2pm plus the chance to meet 'St George' when the parade arrives (probably between 12.30 and 12.45pm).

There will be another chance to celebrate St George's Day, in the centre of Bulwell, on Saturday 22 April.  Carlton Brass will be performing, 'St George' and the dragon will be there and there will be arts activities and face-painting on offer between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Who was St George?

It's widely agreed that St George was born in Cappadocia (now part of Turkey) in about 280AD.  He joined the Roman cavalry and gained a reputation for virtuous behaviour, valour and physical strength.  By the time he had gained charge of a regiment of 1,000 men he had become a favourite of the Emperor, Diocletian.  However, Diocletian became one of the cruellest persecutors of Christians and George, who had converted to Christianity, tried to limit the Emperor's persecutions, with the result that he, too, was arrested.  When he appeared before Diocletian, it is said that he bravely denounced the unnecessary cruelty and injustice of the persecutions but he was condemned to torture and beheading on 23 April 303AD.


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