St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

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London's Irish community heads to Trafalgar Square to celebrate their patron saint – and everyone's invited.

The Irish are experts when it comes to partying. They’re 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.

This year, a three-day extravaganza is taking place from Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17 and it is set to see more than 125,000 turning out for Irish food, dancing and a giant parade featuring pageantry, floats and music.

Read our guide to St Patrick’s Day in London.

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