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Mayor announces return of London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations

by LLB political Reporter
22nd Feb 23 10:23 am

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations will return on Sunday, 12th March with a host of events celebrating Irish culture and heritage in the heart of the capital.

The festivities will kick off at 12pm with a spectacular parade of Irish marching bands, dancers and pageantry.

More than 50,000 people are expected to join the annual procession which will wind its way through the centre of London from Green Park through Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square.

From 12-6pm, Trafalgar Square will once again be showcasing the very best of Irish arts, performance, culture, food and dance with Masterchef champion Riyadh Khalaf compering an exciting line up.

Londoners and visitors can look forward to a free afternoon of entertainment with music from Sharon Shannon & Band, Celaviedmai, The Craicheads, Celtic Youth Orchestra, Biblecode Sunday’s, and AIS. There will also be performances from Maguire O’Shea School of Dance and spoken word artist Leon Dunne, as well as family-friendly workshops run by Irish youth creative programme Junk Kouture, and a great selection of food and drinks stalls.

The Irish Cultural Centre, London Irish Centre, Irish in Britain, Irish Film London and London Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) will also have stalls where those attending can learn about Irish culture and find out about community events in the capital.

Celebrity chef Anna Haugh will be returning to demonstrate how you can create delicious Irish cuisine at home using fresh produce.

The Mayor is encouraging Londoners and visitors to enjoy the very best of Irish arts, performance, food and dance – a true highlight in London’s calendar – and the celebrations aren’t limited to Trafalgar Square with events happening across London all weekend, from busking on the Underground to a St Patrick’s film festival organised by Irish Film London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations are a real highlight of our city’s cultural calendar and a symbol of the strength of the relationship between the UK and Ireland.

“London has the largest Irish community in the UK, and for centuries Irish Londoners have made an enormous contribution to the success of our capital city. From running successful businesses and supporting public services, to the huge influence on our arts and cultural scene, Irish Londoners are integral to the fabric of our city.

“I’m delighted that Londoners and visitors will again unite on the streets in honour of this relationship as we celebrate Irish culture and heritage in the heart of our capital, and with events happening across our city there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK, Martin Fraser, said: “In my short time as Ambassador, I have witnessed the strength, cohesion and kinship of the Irish community here in London and across the country. The challenges of the last few years have proved the resilience of our community, but also shown the ways that we have come together in solidarity. This year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival in London will be a fantastic celebration of the love that London has for its Irish Community and that the Irish have for London. I encourage you to participate and look forward to a wonderful Festival.”

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