Saint Patrick’s Day is an Irish religious and cultural celebration, celebrating the patron saint of Ireland on the 17th March. You can find a whole host of activities taking place from street food festivals to traditional dancing and parades.
Who was Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Today he is celebrated all over the world with the largest parade taking place in New York.
Celebrating St Patrick’s Day in London
Festivities are taking place from Sunday 13th – 17th March.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Join the many spectators that will be lining the streets to watch the Parade during St Patrick’s Day in London. Out at front leading the 1.5 mile parade from Piccadilly, is the iconic seventeen foot high puppet named Corm.
Saint Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square
Bord Bia St Patrick’s Day Food Festival is taking place on Sunday 13th March in Trafalgar Square. This is a free event, join the expected 70,000 visitors to watch live food demonstrations by acclaimed chef John Relihan and sample some delicious Irish-inspired street food.
St Patrick’s Day Film Festival
The Irish Film Festival is taking place at the Regent Street Cinema showing two short films featuring directors such as James Doherty, Brian Deane and Megan Devaney. Also look out for the movie Brooklyn which tells the moving story of an Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her way through 1950’s New York.
St Patrick’s Day at The London Irish Centre
After celebrating there 60th anniversary last year, The London Irish Centre is still going strong and gearing up to celebrate this years St Patrick’s Day with events including tea dances,concert’s and even a pub quiz.
London’s Underground St Patrick’s Day Celebrations
This year London’s Underground is turning green with musicians and dancers hosting live performances and showcasing Ireland’s culture and heritage with London.
There will also be a commemorative exhibition at Moorgate Station traveling back through history and the contribution of Irish construction workers that worked on the London Underground and rail networks.
Q&A at the Irish Cultural Centre
As part of this years St Patrick’s Day in London celebrations there will be a Q&A session with former Ireland President Prof. Mary McAleese and interviewer Fergal Keane at City Hall.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to ask your questions on “Modern Ireland’s Changing Faces” to the former President of Ireland.
The event will take place on Thursday 10th March from 7.30pm. Please visit Eventbrite for more details.
As well as all the above there is lots more taking place in London including making your own paper leprechaun! Also not forgetting the craic happening in the many Irish pubs. It wouldn’t be the same without a pint of Guinness. “Sláinte!” – “Cheers!”
There is a range of accommodation available for all budgets across London and its many borough’s. With the expected large numbers for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations I would highly recommend booking in advance.
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“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!)