St. Patrick’s Day (Monday 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. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival attracts over 100,000 people.
Since everyone is Irish during this celebration, don’t miss out and join the paddy parade on Sunday March 16 2014. If anyone knows how to party, it’s the Irish, and on St. Patrick’s Day they do it bigger and better than ever. Follow the St. Paddy’s Day Parade floats and marching band, which begins in Piccadilly at 2pm, and 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 in Kilburn and Willesden Green, (Where Palmers Lodge Hillspring is located)
Kilburn, along with the surrounding areas of Cricklewood and Willesden, has long since been home to the largest Irish community in London, if not the entire country. The 13% of Kilburn’s population was actually born in Ireland.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is a family-friendly affair, getting under way at 4:30pm from Willesden Green underground station. Costumed-dancers and pipers will accompany the floats as they take the short trip down to the Willesden Green Library.
The Library Centre is also playing host to a number of other events, including story-telling and an Irish market (4 – 7:30pm), and various performances of traditional music and dancing, from the likes of the McCarthy School of Irish Dancing, Irish Mist, and a comedy set from Deirdre O’Kane.
Join us in the celebration and wait no more for making your booking at Palmers Lodge Hillspring!