The streets of London will be filled with Irish revellers and a whole host of celebrations for this year’s St Patrick’s Day festival. Expect a lot of green, orange, and white, as well as a party like no other.
This year’s celebrations aim to be even bigger than ever before, with live music, colourful parades and much more.
The main event of the festival will be held in Trafalgar’s Square, but the St Patrick’s Day parade will be making its way throughout the capital, featuring floats and street performers that are sure to catch the eye and entertain the swelling crowds through the day.
Upon reaching Trafalgar Square, revellers can expect further entertainment, including stand-up comedy, pipe music, and ceilidh dancers, creating an ideal environment for families to sample some traditional Irish delights. And if you need to satisfy your stomach then you will probably want to visit one of the many food stalls selling traditional Irish cuisine.
Highlights during last year’s festival included The Chakras, Crystal Swing, Four Men and a Dog and Hammerstep, with more live folk music being provided courtesy of The High Kings. This year’s lineup is yet to be fully confirmed.
There will even be a chance to catch the last round of the RBS Six Nations, with live screenings of each match throughout the day.
There are also a number of other options aimed at children, such as the Children’s Cultural Corner, which will provide a variety of family-orientated fun.
Kids will have the chance to get their face painted, take part in crafts workshops, or have a crack at learning a new language, courtesy of the Irish Language Ambassadors.
The St Patrick’s Day festival takes place on Sunday March 17th with a parade from Green Park, which will end in Trafalgar Square at around 12pm. The festival itself will run until 6pm.