The dragon slaughter returns to Trafalgar square

The dragon slaughter returns to Trafalgar square

London, April 23 (UNI/Xinhua) London’s historic Trafalgar Square became a sea of ​​red and white on Saturday as thousands gathered to celebrate England’s National Day. It was the first time the square, one of the UK capital’s main sights, has hosted St George’s Day celebrations since 2019, with the event having been canceled for the past two years due to the pandemic . As well as music and dancing, a six-hour celebration included appearances by St George and his famous dragon, as well as a parade of London’s iconic Pearly Kings and Queens, people dressed in costumes adorned with thousands of pearl buttons. Legend tells how St George slew a dragon, becoming an instant hero. St George’s Day became a national holiday and public holiday in England in 1415, but the government resisted demands for it to be declared a public holiday. Throughout England, the traditional national flag, depicting the red cross of St. George, flew from many public buildings. Another major event took place in Manchester with the city’s annual St. George’s Day Parade. People marched through the city’s downtown, dressed in colorful costumes alongside horse-drawn carriages, marching bands and a motor scooter convoy following close behind. The spectacle drew thousands of spectators, lining the four-kilometre route, waving the flag of St George. Events and parades celebrating St. George’s Day also took place in hundreds of towns, cities and towns across England. UNI/XINHUA RKM

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