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Celebrating St Piran’s day in Penzance

St Piran is the patron saint of Cornwall. He is also the patron saint of tin miners and his feast is widely observed throughout the county. Legend says that he came from Ireland in the 5th century, tied  to a mill-stone and rolled  over the edge of a cliff into a stormy sea, which immediately became calm. He then floated over the water and landed on the Cornish shore of Perranzabuloe where he became an hermit and where he was buried after having converted many to Christianity.

For Cornish folks all over the world, St Piran’s day is the best opportunity to celebrate their roots. In Cornwall, on the 5th of March, all sorts of festivities will be held, more often than not involving a wide range of Cornish ales. During the day in Penzance a parade will start at the top of Causewayhead. The procession, including hundreds of children from local schools, will make its way through of Market Jew Street before heading down Chapel Street and to Morrab Gardens where the life of St Piran will be performed.

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