Helston Freedom Parade

During the Freedom Parade the sailors of RNAS Culdrose (the Royal Navy airbase just outside the town) exercise their rights to march through Helston. It’s an impressive sight as they pass through the town with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying.

This right is in accordance with the grant of the Freedom of the Borough of Helston which was given in 1958.

RNAS Culdrose Navy personnel form up at approx 10am and march down Meneage Street to the Guildhall, where the Mayor and Captain of Culdrose inspect the guard. The Mayor’s Chaplain leads prayers, the Mayor addresses the Parade and then the Captain of RNAS Culdrose responds.

The Parade is an important day in the civic calendar, as well as for the people of the town, many of whom have links with the air base. All are welcome to watch this unique and impressive spectacle, which usually take place in July.

Freedom Parade dates are published on the Helston Town Council website each year.

Helston Freedom Parade at the Guildhall
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