Crowds cheer as confetti cannons mark Shakespeare's 455th Birthday

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare

Wednesday 1 May, 2019

Confetti Magic were back at Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 27th April to help celebrate the 455th Birthday of William Shakespeare in his home town with a volley of confetti cannons.

Each year to celebrate, a large ‘Birthday Banner’ is unfurled in honour of the poet and playwright before everyone sings Happy Birthday to bursts of yellow and black confetti and streamers. Following an appearance and photo opportunity with the man himself, a procession then makes its way to Shakespeare’s grave within the Holy Trinity Church where an abundance of flowers is laid in respect of the great man and his family.

Hosted by the Town Council, the annual event brings together local residents, businesses, schools and tourists from far and wide to the town centre for the celebrations.

Seven of our multishot remote control confetti cannons were positioned around the central roundabout, which sited the flagpole for the special Birthday Banner. Due to windy weather conditions and gusts of around 45mph, the cannons were angled to fire high and into the wind to prevent the confetti from being taken away too quickly.

Local classical singer and songwriter Lilly Underwood who attended both primary and secondary schools in the town sung the national anthem and then led the singing of Happy Birthday as the biodegradable tissue confetti was fired in four bursts at the end of each line of the song.

Despite the overcast weather conditions the event was a great success and we received some great feedback from Civic Officer, Charles Wilson

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. The confetti display was absolutely splendid on Saturday in what was an extremely challenging year…….. we look forward to you joining us again on 25th April, 2020.”

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