AROUND 2000 people are expected to march along Barry Island promenade as part of the May 2019 Cardiff and Vale Urdd National Eisteddfod Proclamation Festival.

Participants, with multi-coloured banners, will begin their parade from 11.30am on Saturday, October 6.

Local schools and colleges are invited to participate in the march which starts on the beach in front of Marcos café and will make its way along the promenade to the sound of a samba band.

The celebrations will continue until 3pm with an afternoon of free family entertainment.

The afternoon includes performances from Syrcas Circus, S4C’s Cyw presenters and characters, the Barry Big Band, Wigwam and performances by local schools, ‘adrannau’(Urdd youth clubs) and groups.

Goods stalls will be present and a range of sports activities will also be held by the Urdd sports department.

Chairwoman of the Urdd Eisteddfod Board, Gwenno Mair Davies said: “With the hard work of preparing and raising funds for the Urdd Eisteddfod Cardiff and the Vale 2019 in full flow, we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to Barry Island to celebrate the Proclamation Festival.

“A host of schools from the whole area will be participating and coming together to march and celebrate through the streets of Barry.

“Rain or shine, there will be a whole host of activities, fun and entertainment to be had on the day and there is a warm welcome for everybody to come along.”

Vale council managing director, Rob Thomas said: “It is a pleasure to hold the Proclamation Festival at Barry Island, one of the most iconic and well-known locations in the Vale and indeed the area.

“We were very proud to have welcomed the National Eisteddfod to the Vale of Glamorgan in 2012 and we look forward to welcoming the Urdd Eisteddfod to Cardiff and the Vale in 2019.

“We know that a number of our schools will be participating and enjoying not only the Proclamation Festival but also the festival itself in 2019, which does so much to celebrate the importance of Welsh culture.”

People are encouraged to wear red, white and green on the day.

Director of the Urdd Eisteddfod, Aled Sion said “The support we have received to date from people in the area to the Urdd Eisteddfod’s coming, one of the largest travelling festivals in Europe, has been fantastic.

“We are extremely grateful for the assistance provided by Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff councils, as well as the local community, schools and groups.”

A cash prize is offered to the winners of a competition to create and display a banner on the day, which promotes the school/adran(club) and highlights the coming of the Eisteddfod. Welsh, Urdd and Owain Glyndŵr banners are also welcome on the march.