Thousands of people celebrated at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade this Sunday, turning the City green with traditional Irish fancy dresses and music.
The annual parade went down from Piccadilly Circus to Trafalgar Square, where the celebration continued until late in the evening.
Readings and songs were performed on the main stage by Irish personalities such as comedian Jarlath Regan and singer Nathan Carter, member of Irish music band the Wagon Wheels.
A small Irish Market provided beer, food and insights of Irish culture, including stalls of the Irish LGBT community and the London Irish Centre.
“It’s really good that you can be anywhere in the world and there’s parades like this celebrating the Irish!” commented Keira, 22, from Dublin, one of the many Irish living in England.
London’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day started in 2001 and has been promoted by the Mayor of London. Boris Johnson expressed his excitement for the success of the festival on Twitter:
Glorious day for #StPatsDayLDN – hope everyone enjoyed the sun, celebrations and parade in central London
— Boris Johnson (@MayorofLondon) March 13, 2016
The festival was just a preparation for the major celebrations, which are set to take place this Thursday, the day of St. Patrick’s Day.
What To Do:
For a traditional Irish-style celebration, fill up your glasses with Guinness while dancing traditional music at one of the many Irish pubs around North London:
- The Claddagh Ring. Join one of the most Irish pubs In London for a traditional breakfast, or a late night celebration featuring Irish dancers
10 Church Road N4 4EA. Nearest Tube: Hendon Central
- Boston Arms. If you want a traditional celebration with live music and a Guinness
178 Junction Road N19 5QQ. Nearest Tube: Tufnell Park
- O’Neill. If you fancy a St. Patrick’s Day dinner before the booze
73-77 Euston Rd, London NW1 2QS. Nearest Tube: King’s Cross St. Pancras