We hope you have all looked out your Leprechaun hat, glitter green glasses and shamrock adorned clothing because 17th March is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing – St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of Irishness, fun and another excuse to drink Guinness and toast the Emerald Isle. Whether you are one of the many in the UK who has ancestors from Ireland or you simply want to join in the party, the events going on around the UK will keep you entertained. Check out our top five St. Patrick’s Day events below.
St Patrick’s Day Parade 2015 (London)
An event that attracts over 150,000 people each year, the London St Patrick’s Day Parade is an unmissable affair. This year the iconic Trafalgar Square will be transformed into the Emerald City on the 15th March for one day only. The parade celebrates both the deep roots of Irish communities in London and also the present-day energy and vibrancy of Irish culture. The theme is ‘World of Dance’ and so people from all over the world are invited to celebrate the rich heritage of dance within Irish and world culture. With a selection of spectacular parade floats, mesmerising Irish dancing routines and incredible music from a marching band, it sounds like a fun day for all.
Manchester St Patrick’s Day Parade
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Manchester’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade has led hundreds of thousands of people through the streets of Manchester in an epic community based event. Participants of all ages revel in the party atmosphere as the parade leads them from the Irish World Heritage Centre to Manchester Town Hall. Irish dancing schools perform throughout the day, banners and floats decorate the streets to represent the Counties of Ireland and the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann play traditional Irish music for everyone to jig along to.
St Patrick’s Day Birmingham
St Patrick’s Day is warmly welcomed in Birmingham. The whole city comes together in a series of events celebrating Irish culture including Irish Literacy evenings, race nights, an Irish Ale festival, Traditional Irish Music sessions and photographic exhibitions. The parade, which takes place this Sunday (15th March), is always a highlight. The theme for the 2015 parade is Irish Contribution to Birmingham’s development and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever. Attendees will be invited to sample some Irish music as Irish bands and local Birmingham bands come together in partnership with the BBC at the St Pat Rocks Stage. With live music, hot food, markets and an incredible fun fair, it sounds like this is an event everyone will love.
The Three Sisters Edinburgh
Referred to as the biggest St Patrick’s Festival outside of Dublin, The Three Sisters St Paddy’s day festival is set for another great year. From the 16th-22nd of March prepare for non-stop fun. The festival kicks off with a Comedy Club event on Monday the 16th and on the 17th (St Patrick’s Day) they are offering free fry ups to each guest followed be an impressive line-up of some live Irish music including comedy rappers The Rubberbandits and ex-Westlife singer Brian McFadden. If that’s not enough, it was recently revealed that Edinburgh Castle will light up green for the celebrations, joining with other major landmarks around the world.
2015 Leeds Parade for St Patrick’s Day
Since the year 2000, the people of Leeds have celebrated St Patrick’s Day with Irish Music, culture and dancing – this year is no different. The slogan ‘Leeds Goin’ Irish’ sets the Parade theme. Societies, community groups and GAA clubs enter floats depicting Irish scenes and parade through the town in celebration of all things Irish accompanied by Irish music, dancing and Harley Davison motor bikes. The city comes alive with an energetic and infectious atmosphere as communities combine, all dressed in green and wearing silly hats and accessories. The parade kicks off from the Millennium Square at 12.30pm on Sunday the 15th March.
With these events happening across the country there’s no excuse for not getting involved in the festive fun. Look out those dancing shoes and get ready to paint the town green this St Patrick’s Day.
If St. Patrick’s Day’s left you thirsty for a real taste of Ireland, check out blu’s guide to Dublin.