London's Irish community heads to Trafalgar Square to celebrate their patron saint – and everyone's invited.
The Irish are ace at partying. So good, in fact, they even have a special untranslatable phrase – the craic – to describe their unique brand of conviviality. They manage to have a brilliant time in the most unpromising locations – your typical Irish church hall is gloomier than Eeyore. So, with Trafalgar Square as the setting for London’s official bash in celebration of their patron saint, a blast is pretty much guaranteed. As it takes place on Sunday March 13, a sizeable proportion of the population (not all of them Irish by a long chalk) is set to be looking appropriately green till at least Thursday, which is when St Patrick’s Day actually falls.
The parade will feature pageantry, floats, music and more. Leaving Piccadilly at midday, it'll wind its way to the festival in Trafalgar Square, where sports clubs, marching bands and dance schools will entertain the crowds until 6pm.
A food market will offer Irish beef stew cooked on 'live fire' by acclaimed Irish chef John Rellihan, lamb and potato shepherd's pie from The Pie Cart, Irish brisket from Salt Beef Bros, and fried chicken in Kerrygold butter buns from Butchies.
Read our guide to St Patrick's Day in London
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It would be really helpful if someone was able to let the Irish Community know who is playing in concert tomorrow at Trafalgar Square. So much for communication or lack of?
Craic is a word loaned into Gaelic from English/Scots. It's translation is crack.
Lamb and potato Shepard's Pie is in fact just Shepard's Pie, the latter being a dish consisting of lamb and potato the former your failed attempt to gussy up something wholesome in the manner of a menu from a crap pub sorry...bistro microwave.
Great ! But why are the french people dicriminated ? They aren't allowed to drink if they don't have passport while they have identity card or drinving licence .... why ? It's bad
Revels will NOT end before Monday, as Monday IS St. Patrick's Day... we need to buy 2 bunches of shamrock: one for today, one for tomorrow. Lovely shamrock, fresh, green, grown in Ireland at Browning's Flowers in the Stables Market Camden Town - I'd better get there now, while they're still available!