Paddy’s Day in London

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | March 14, 2016 0

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Spring may be coming early in London but so does Paddy’s Day. On the Sunday before the 17th March London was transformed into a sea of green as thousands celebrated an early  St Patrick’s Day.

PaddysDayLDN paddysdayldn4Trafalgar Square and other parts of central London were transformed into a sea of green as Londoners celebrated the annual St Patrick’s Day parade. Crowds dressed up as a parade of floats, marching bands and Irish dancers made their way down Piccadilly past some of the city’s landmarks before making its way to Whitehall. The parade began at midday at Hyde Park Corner, and consisted of floats, marching bands, Irish dancers and a stunning array of floats.

To commemorate 100 years since the Easter Rising, when Ireland declared its independence, there was a reading on stage from the Irish ambassador to the UK, Daniel Mulhall.

The festival itself took place in Trafalgar Square from midday until 6pm with entertainment throughout the afternoon. Live music included Nathan Carter, singer of Irish and country music band The Wagon Wheels, Irish comic Jarlath Regan and the house band from RTÉ’s Late Late Show.

paddysday5 PaddysDayLDN2Official celebrations for St Patrick’s Day have taken place in London since 2001. Deputy Mayor of London Roger Evans said: “It is very important for us to celebrate the contribution made by the Irish community in London who have given so much to our culture and to our economy.”

St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th of March, but the Mayor of London festival traditionally takes place the weekend before.

 

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