One of the largest celebrations is held in the Cornish town of Redruth, where a community procession takes place, filled with Cornish bands and dancers. The procession marches up the main street of the town, led by the town mayor, and stops to sing the Cornish song ‘Trelawney’ at the town’s ‘flying miner’ statue.
St Piran is one of the three Cornish patron saints, the other two being St Michael the Archangel and St Petroc. St Piran was an Irish Christian who came to Cornwall to spread the word about Christianity. Legend says that he floated across the Celtic Sea on a millstone, arriving at Perranporth on the Cornish coast. Other legends say that he was the discoverer of tin and that he enjoyed alcohol far too much, being always drunk. The black and white flag of Cornwall is called the St Piran’s Cross and is supposed to show the colours of tin when it is heated or smelted.