The St Andrew’s Day torchlight parade will return to the streets of the West End next month.
The popular winter spectacle is now in its third year – and tickets go on sale this Thursday (October 4).
The parade, which will be open and accessible to all families and friends, takes place on Friday November 30.
Organised by the West End Festival, the event is supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals, Glasgow City Council and Byres Road and Lanes BID.
This year the parade is tied in with Fair Saturday, a global movement to create social impact taking place on 1 December.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost, councillor Eva Bolander, is the event’s patron.
She said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be Patron of this lovely event that signals the start of our festive celebrations – shining a light in the darkness.
“It’s also wonderful to celebrate St Andrew’s Day with Fair Saturday and the unique and positive cultural experiences it offers.”
Vouchers for torches will go on sale on October 4, at a price of £5 early bird / £10 full price via a dedicated website www.torchlightparade.co.uk or by calling 0333 666 3366.
A donation from every torch sold will be made to Spirit Aid, the chosen charity.
If you want to take part but don’t want to hold a torch, the ticket will be £3 and you’ll receive a wrist band instead. (Price subject to booking fee).
As children cannot hold torches, they will get a free glow stick.
The torchlight parade passes through the main parts of the West End using a rolling road closure.
The rolling closure will mean the roads are safe for the procession to walk but will limit any inconvenience to road users.
‘Building on previous year’
Michael Dale, festival director, said: “We’re delighted that the West End Festival has once again received support through the Scotland’s Winter Festivals programme to be part of this winter’s activity in Scotland.
“Building on previous year, we want even more people to take part in the parade and we’d be thrilled if the streets were lined with people cheering us on.”
Festival organisers are encouraging those not taking part in the procession to come along and enjoy the spectacle along the route, at a safe distance.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said: “We want the torchlight parade to become an annual event and we need the support of Glasgow’s residents and businesses to help us sustain the event going forward.”
Full details of the event, timings and how to purchase torches are available on the festival website www.westendfestival.co.uk. Please note the terms and conditions.