This Saturday one of Scotland’s oldest and most historic village events will take place, Kilbarchan’s Lilias Day.Lilias Day celebrations date back to the 1700s when the village was a centre of the weaving trade in Renfrewshire and is a highlight of the Renfrewshire events calendar.
A historic parade featuring groups of characters in full period costume still leads the celebrations and is followed through the village by a stream of decorated floats, pipe and brass bands and characters from the programme of events. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes. Along the way the statue of Kilbarchan’s famous piper, “Habbie Simpson” on the steeple in the village square is brought to life and joins the parade.
Organisers have been busy developing new themes, activities and events continuing to build a “festival” theme with a “food village” and new park layout launched last year together with a music tent. In a new addition medieval re-enactment group Britannia XIV will set up camp for the day to show off their combat skills and crafts. Also making their debut this year will be Big Top Circus Skills who will add new tricks to the parade before passing on some of their skills in the park.
The parade will start at 1pm on Saturday 4th June 2016 then Kilbarchan Park that will last until 4.30pm.