(WINDSOR, ON) – A group with roots in Britain plans to host Windsor’s first ever Saint George’s Day party and parade. It will take place April 23, which is Saint George’s Day, starting around 4:00pm at O’Maggio’s Kildare house in Walkerville.
Organizers say there will be live authentic English music, traditional fish n’ chips, and prizes for the best St George outfit. It is expected the event will see its share of women dressed as Queen Elizabeth II and men dressed as Sir Winston Churchill, Bobby Moore, Bob Hoskins, and possibly even Michael Caine.
It is, say the organizers, a time for locals to dust off their Englishness and let it shine.
Saint George’s Day is the feast day of St George, the patron saint of England. In historic lore, George was a Roman soldier known for the killing of a dragon to save a princess.
The day was quite popular in the late Middle Ages. By the 14th Century it was on par with Christmas. The day was celebrated by various Christian churches and by several nations, kingdoms, countries, and cities of which St George is also the patron saint.
St George himself died on the 23 of April in the Diocletianic Persecution of AD 303. Eastern Orthodox churches, using the Julian calendar, usually celebrate the revered saint on May 6 while in Turkic culture the day is known as Hıdırellez or Xıdır Nəbi and is symbolic of spring renewal.
The day of celebration waned just before the start of the 19th Century, but will be revived, at least in Windsor, next Sunday.