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St Patrick's Day in London

Singing, dancing, a parade and a pint or two: the Irish have always known how to party...

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© Alys Tomlinson
© Alys Tomlinson
© Alys Tomlinson

If anyone knows how to party, it's the Irish, and for St Patrick's Day (Thursday March 17 2016) they do it bigger and better than ever. On the Sunday before the big day follow the St Paddy's Day Parade floats and marching band, then head to Trafalgar Square for a whole load o' craic at the annual festival. There'll be dancing, singing, Irish food, comedy and Gaelic-themed entertainment for the kids. Be sure to go green this March.

St Patrick's Day: what's the craic?

St Patrick's Day (Thursday March 17) is a day dedicated to the Patron Saint of Ireland. Along with the religious aspects of the Saint's day, the festival is traditionally celebrated with 'wearing of the green' and shamrocks. The biggest of the festivities take place in Ireland but St Patrick's Day is widely celebrated by Irish ex-pats around the world. London has marked the day with public celebrations since 2002 and these celebrations attract huge crowds of revellers.

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Denise W
Denise W

There is Father Ted Bingo going on at a place called the Six Yard Box in Elephant and Castle which sounds pretty Epic

Sean G
Sean G

You stated above "Follow the St Paddy's Day Parade floats and marching band, which begins in Piccadilly at 2pm". The parade started at 12pm, so I and many others missed it because you got it wrong. Thanks!