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St Patrick's Day Parade
St Patrick's Day Festival


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.

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St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Sunday's big parade is led by grand marshal actor James Nesbitt.

Trafalgar Square, Central, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 17th March 2019


The culmination of the three day St Patrick's Festival in London, this year's big parade on Sunday is led by grand marshal actor James Nesbitt. Now in its 17th year, the parade attracts more than 50,000 people for a colourful (mainly green) procession of Irish marching bands, energetic dance troupes and spectacular pageantry. The parade makes its way from Hyde Park Corner via Piccadilly and Whitehall to Trafalgar Square where performers, compered by RTE and BBC TV presenter Angel Scanlon, present a showcase of Irish culture and music on the main stage. Expect to be entertained by Enfield-based Feith an Cheoil school of Irish music, song and dance, singer-songwriter Don Mescall and London-Irish stalwarts Hungry Grass. Games, arts and crafts and walkabout performances based on mythical stories from Ireland make this a family friendly day. Sample traditional dishes at the Irish Street Food Market, learn about the Irish language, join in at an Irish dancing workshops and have-a-go at hurling, playing the bodhran, the Irish drum or the uilleann pipes. Events across the three day festival also include an Irish Film Festival at Regent's Street Cinema.


The Festival

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.  





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