Mummers at Parade of Nations

One of the groups on show at last year's Parade of Nations on Strand Road. INLS1714MC037
One of the groups on show at last year's Parade of Nations on Strand Road. INLS1714MC037

Mummers and pipe bands will be among those at the helm of the Parade of Nations on Saturday as part of the ongoing Pan Celtic Festival in Derry.

The 44th edition of the international event is taking place through until Sunday this week. This is the second consecutive year the festival has been hosted by Derry.

The Pan Celtic Flag leads the Parade of Nations in Derry last year part of the 43rd International Pan Celtic Festival.

The Pan Celtic Flag leads the Parade of Nations in Derry last year part of the 43rd International Pan Celtic Festival.

This year it has been organised by Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin with support from Derry City Council Legacy programme, and is premised on a celebration of Celtic culture.

An influx of visiting musicians, dancers and tourists from the Celtic nations of Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man has been taking place over this week.

Saturday’s Parade of Nations will be one of the highlights of the programme and will get under way at 1pm from the Verbal Arts Centre at Bishop Street, travelling down Shipquay Street, round the link road and finishing at Guildhall Square.

Taking part in the parade this year will be local pipe bands and the Armagh Rhymers, whose uniquely Irish mumming tradition has brought them to international stages such as Glastonbury Festival.

Dancers from Brittany in traditional dress pictured during the Parade of Nations as part of the 43rd International Pan Celtic Festival.

Dancers from Brittany in traditional dress pictured during the Parade of Nations as part of the 43rd International Pan Celtic Festival.

The Parade will be followed by an open-air performance in Guildhall Square.

The festival was officially opened on Tuesday at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin and competitions in Choral, Harp/Fiddle, Traditional Song have been held. For those interested in the learning about the links and nuances between the Celtic languages, an extensive language programme has been devised, including free taster courses and lectures have been taking place this week.

For more info on the festival, visit www.panceltic.ie.