St. Patrick's Day in The United Kingdom
If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you don’t have to be Irish. Just set the right mood and have fun! Check out the biggest and most popular parades held on this day in different cities of the United Kingdom.
- London. St. Patrick’s Day here is celebrated for the whole week. Anywhere you look, you will see the Irish culture – from Irish dancing to performances of Irish stand-up comedians. Of course, one of the most popular parts of the celebration is drinking some good beer in Irish pubs. The culmination of all these festivities is the parade that is held on the closest Sunday on the Trafalgar Square. There are many participants in this parade, including schools, street theatre, community groups, sport clubs, and many others. The parade starts at Piccadilly Street at noon.
- Manchester. This city claims to hold the biggest parade for St. Patrick’s Day. This one has a round tour all over the city. It starts on Queens Road near the Irish World Heritage Center and then goes by Cheetham Hill Road, then – to Corporation Street, Cross Street, Albert Square and back to Queens Road again. Over 70 floats, marching groups, and bands take part in the parade. It is usually held on a Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day and begins at 11:45. The celebration lasts for two weeks in Manchester and includes Irish food, drinks, dance, music, and art.
- Birmingham. Approximately 100,000 people come to Birmingham to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The parade in this city is claimed to be the third biggest one in the world. It is held on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day and runs for several hours across some of the main streets. It features dozens of floats and over 1000 marchers to celebrate the Irish dance, music, food, comedy, and family events. The performance of massed pipers is the culmination of the parade in Birmingham. It takes place in its end after the last marchers and floats have completed their route. Those who have seen this huge band of pipers say that it is truly worth seeing!
- Edinburgh. In this city, you can see a wonderful festival that lasts for over two weeks and involves watching classic Irish movies, concerts, and dancing performances. Of course, good craic, beer, and delicious food are also important features of the festival! And if you like Irish whiskey, here you can try over 80 different types. Just remember: know your limits and don’t overdo with alcohol!
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is so exciting! Which one of these parades are you going to visit this year?