St Patrick's Parade & Festival 2015
The official London celebrations - that's the ones that don't revolve around pubs, Guinness and more pubs - are a great chance to immerse yourself in the Irish spirit (not the whiskey kind, although that also will be freely flowing to-be-sure) while enjoying the buzz and vibrancy of London in party mood.
15th March 2015
The streets of London are taken over by a procession that represents all 32 Irish counties.
Floats representing all 32 counties of Ireland make their way through London for the St Patrick's Day Parade as over a quarter of a million people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2015 that's Sunday 15th March - when the procession makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Haymarket via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with an Irish food market, children's theatre and fun activities, a film festival, comedy festival and fashion show as well as Irish music, song and dance on the main stage from 12noon.
Trafalgar Square is transformed into a world of Irish food, music, dance and comedy.
The carnival atmosphere is concentrated in Trafalgar Square, which becomes a hub for all things Irish. This is where the stage is set for a jig or two and with the best Irish music - from traditional to contemporary - it's a real crowd-puller and, if the weather holds, a scene of much merriment. Festival day sees a profusion of Irish crafts, culture, fashion, children's theatre and food with the fun extending to storytelling and ceili dancing.
Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QW | Tube: Victoria Station
15th March 2015
A free afternoon of dance to the great sounds of live Irish music.
The St Patrick's Day Tea Dance will take place in the lovely setting that is Westminster Cathedral Hall, an 18th century hall within Westminster Cathedral. Anyone can join in the dance, held from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 15th March, which is part of the Mayor-backed citywide celebrations in honour of St Patrick's Day. It's a great opportunity to dust down your 'guna's' and dancing shoes and take to the floor to the great sounds of live Irish music. A refreshment stall will be serving teas, coffees and cakes throughout the afternoon at this free event, tickets available on the door on the day.
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