Taking place in the conservation village of Kilbarchan, the Lilias Day celebrations date back to the 1700s when the village was a centre of the weaving trade in Renfrewshire. Today it is firmly established as a key event in the Renfrewshire events calendar. A historic parade still leads the celebrations and is followed through the village by decorated floats, pipe and brass bands and involvement from the community and organisations in and around the area. The parade finishes in Kilbarchan Park where a host of stalls, activities and events take place to raise thousands of pounds for good causes.
Local residents and businesses will dress the outside of their premises and a prize is given for best the decorated house and business as well as for best decorated float. The parade leaves the bottom of the village at 1pm and 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.
A new park layout this creates a festival feel with a ‘food village’ ‘kids' zone’ and ‘active area’ and the celebrations are being extended to provide a week long programme of events in local venues.