St Patrick’s Day celebrations
London turned green for the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square. Check out my visit here –
The London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced an extensive line-up for this years London’s St Patrick’s Festival. The largest of its kind to be held in London. The festival runs for three days encompassing St Patrick’s day.
The Mayor of London pledged to make the festivities the most impressive showcase of Irish culture and talent yet. Bringing Londoners from all communities and visitors to the capital together for the celebration. Also celebrating the contribution Irish people have made to our city for centuries.
Irish culture, food, dance and festivity
Kicking off events on St Patrick’s Day itself, Friday 17 March. Irish culture, food, dance and festivity will pop up across the capital for this three-day extravaganza.
Main events include cinemas around the West End staging the latest Irish short films. Also featuring comedy, drama and family workshops. There was an Irish Cultural Trail in Camden Market, which lead Londoners down a path of music and markets. As well as a lecture from renowned Irish author and journalist, Mary Kenny.
Tasty tipples is the focal point of the celebrations in Hoxton as 40FT Brewery hosts a range of independent brewers and distillers from Ireland. To top it all off, there is well-known Irish names reciting their favourite poetry on the Tube. And Irish musicians busking on the Underground. Also Ireland’s foremost folk band, Kila, raising the roof at Camden Market. Also a treasure hunt to explore the history of Irish Londoners.
Irish inspired street food
Also each year there is always some phenomenal Irish inspired street food. I tried a Smoked Irish Pulled pork bun with BBQ sauce and slaw. Celebrated Irish Chef John Relihan make a delicious pork bun which I really enjoyed. However the most popular stall, and so the longest queue was for cheap and cheerful pie and chips.
The festival each year culminates in a climatic finale on Sunday. With the world-renowned Irish parade and also the Trafalgar Square stage line-up. Also with famed presenter and comedian Dara Ó Briain enlisted as the Parade’s Grand Marshal entertaining crowds. The colourful procession of Irish marching bands, energetic dance troupes and spectacular pageantry begin at Green Park. So passing some of the capital’s most iconic locations from Piccadilly to Whitehall.
Trafalgar Square hosted the closing concert. The main festival is on the Sunday, so after St Patrick’s Day itself. A phenomenal line up of Irish culture and also the Irish London community featured on the main stage. Hosting the show is award-winning Irish comedian Jarlath Regan. And also the house band of RTÉ’s Late Late Show.
The packed schedule also included performances from Liam O’Maonlai, Lisa Lambe, Jack L and more very special guests.
For details of similar cultural events throughout the year visit the Mayor of London’s Website here.
Check out my guide to London’s biggest and best Irish pubs here – London March St Patrick’s Day Best Irish bars + pubs