Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Celebrate all things Irish on Monday 17 March with our round-up of some of this year’s top events…

saint_patrick_day_icon_55467St Patrick’s Festival Birmingham

Celebrations got underway on 1 March and will culminate with a weekend of festivities, including an Irish Cultural Day at Shard End Library on Saturday 15th, St Patrick’s Day Parade from Camp Hill to Digbeth on Sunday 16th and live music at the Anchor Inn on Monday 17th. For the full itinerary visit www.stpatricksbirmingham.com

Crawley Fleadh and St Patrick’s Day Parade

This annual parade takes place on the first Sunday after St Patrick’s Day, which is 23 March this year. It begins at 1pm from Crawley Bus Station and ends in Queens Square with live music and entertainment. www.celtic-irish.co.uk/festival

Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade

Organised by The Leeds Irish Community, the parade at Millennium Square takes place on Sunday 16 March at 12.30pm. With Irish music and traditional dance.

London St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Organised by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and now in its 13th year, the capital’s parade attracts over 100,000 people and celebrates the deep roots of Irish communities living in the city. Taking place in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 16 March from 12-4pm, this year’s theme is ‘World of Dance’ and will feature pageantry, colourful floats, marching bands and Irish dance schools.

St Patrick’s Weekend Newcastle

A whole host of Irish activities will take place on Tyneside from 14 to 17 March. Highlights include a family Ceilidh featuring Irish dancing, face painting and crafts at the Discovery Museum on 15 March and the laying of the Shamrock Wreath at Eldon Square Memorial on 17 March at 1pm. Find out more at www.tynesideirish.com

Nottingham’s St Patrick’s Festival

Celebrations take place from 12-17 March and include art exhibition ‘Forty Shades of Green’ at Malt Cross Gallery and a traditional parade in Old Market Square from 11.30am to 4.30pm on St Patrick’s Day. Full details at www.nottinghamstpatricksfestival.org.uk

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