The annual Parade of Nations will be returning to the streets of Llangollen for the first time since 2019. 

Making the announcement yesterday, (Wednesday March 29) the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod said they were "delighted" to confirm that the parade will be taking place this year. 

To ensure as many competitors as possible can take part, the parade will take place on Thursday, July 6 at 4pm.

Any people/schools/performer groups that would like to take part they can email to submit details.

Anyone coming to watch the parade will be given free entry onto the Eisteddfod Maes at the end, where they can watch the closing parade performance and enjoy on site entertainment, food and drink.

Camilla King, Executive Producer, said: "If you haven't attended the Llangollen Eisteddfod before, the Parade is a great place to start.

"Taking hundreds of our competitors and artists from the Eisteddfod in a procession through the centre of Llangollen, it's a vibrant, colourful feast for the senses. Considered one of the festival highlights by everyone who attends, join us this year for a taste Llangollen's international celebration."

The Leader: Image from the Llangollen 2019 EisteddfodImage from the Llangollen 2019 Eisteddfod (Image: The Leader - Newsquest)

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Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, each year, the colour and excitement of the Eisteddfod spread into the streets of Llangollen town, with crowds gathered across Castle Street, with barely an inch of the pavement not occupied.

In 2019 over 800 people took part in the parade, with nations such as India, USA, Canada and, of course, Wales being represented.

The participants paraded all through the town, some stopping to take part in a dance or song, as the crowd showered them in applause and cheers in the boiling sun.

The first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in Llangollen in June 1947. In the following 70 years its celebration of “Peace and Harmony” has made it one of the world’s great music festivals.

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This year, competitions will be held during the daytime on Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 July.

The main competitions will be held in the Pavilion arena, with field activities such as dance, talks and workshops taking place on the Eisteddfod Maes in various locations from mid-morning until 9pm.

In the evening, there will be holding concerts in the 4,000 capacity Pavilion, starting from 8pm (7.30pm Choir of the World) and run until approximately 10.30pm.

This year’s concert headliners include Alfie Boe and Guy Barker’s Big Band as well as a choral concert The White Flower: Into the Light, a multimedia theatrical work with music, dance and visuals Propellor Ensemble feat.

Celebration of Nation, the hugely popular Choir of the World, Dance Champions and Voice of the Future 2023 and an all new live competition night Stars of Tomorrow.