Golowan Mazey Day Parade
Everything commences on the eve of St John (or the nearest Friday) with the Serpent Dance, when Penglaz, a fertility figure represented by a dancing horse’s skull, leads a throng of townsfolk through the moonlit streets of the town to the traditional Golowan tune played by the festival band. Torches aloft, the parade eventually arrives at the sea where a display of fireworks marks the beginning of the festivities. Also on the Friday night, a Mock Mayor, or Mayor of the Quay, is elected in a furore of ridiculous promises made by each candidate to a raucous crowd.
The following day, the Saturday, is Mazey Day. Traffic is banished for the day, stalls line the pavements, punctuated by a variety of street acts, and the main thoroughfare is bedecked with greenery gathered that very morning. The highlight of the day is the series of colourful processions which move through the town, the most impressive of which includes children from every primary school in the area. These young Penwithians spend months working with teachers and local artists to produce themed costumes and an array of spectacular giant effigies which they parade alongside through the crowds of onlookers.
The Sunday’s festivities are a more mellow affair, with a multitude of stalls lining the quayside selling crafts, clothes and interesting foods.
The whole weekend is also peppered with a range of musical performances, many with a Celtic feel, and there is always a contingent of fellow Celts from France’s Breton community. Other styles of music and bands from all over the world are enjoyed throughout the day and the evenings.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Golowan Festival
- TR18 4EF
Time / date details
- When is it on?
- Sunday the 23rd June 2019