The top 3 UK destinations to celebrate for St.Patrick's Day!
The religious tradition is again approaching this year on Thursday 17th March to salute patron Saint Patrick and patron Saint of Ireland! For those who aren’t too familiar with what the day signifies, then ill break it down for you- it is ‘the Day of the Festival of Patrick’ and a great way to celebrate the Irish culture with drinking traditional Guinness, dancing, public parades and eating delicious foods!
Therefore, I have come up with the top 3 hot spots to gather at and honour St. Patricks spiritual efforts, so wear something green and join in on all the action!
1) St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London
With thanks to the Mayor of London, you can visit one of London’s prime Irish day event in the heart of London early on Sunday 13th March from 12pm-6pm!
The Family friendly festival has everything for everyone and to make it even superior… it is free!
There will be varied activities from music performances, dance performances from dance schools- including, ceilidhs…Gaelic folk music and dancing, comedy acts, marching bands, and a selection of scrumptious Irish foods, such as steaming Irish beef stew, succulent chicken or a mouth-watering Shepherd’s pie!
Short Irish film screenings praising the Irish language will also be shown at the ‘Regent Street Cinema’ from 11.30am – 2.30pm with animations for the children, and an evening screening at 7.30pm. The films are endorsed by ‘the 2016 Centenary Commemoration and Celebration strand with the support of Culture Ireland and the Irish Emigrant Support Programme’, and constructed by the likes of directors, James Doherty, Brian Deane and Megan Devaney
2) Manchester Irish Festival, Queens Road
Fully explore the UK’s biggest St. Patrick’s day parade in the centre of Manchester starting from ‘Irish World Heritage Centre’… Queens Road and parading on to Cheethan Hill Road, Corporation Street, Cross Street and Albert Square, on Sunday 13th March from 11.45pm.
The event will be hosting bands and marches through the northern streets, as well as music, dance, art, comedy entertainment, Irish food and drink- being Guinness of course!
That’s not all…The Manchester Irish Festival Market will take place at Albert Square on Thursday 10th March to Thursday 17th March from 9pm-6pm. This delight will contain set stalls selling a variety of gifts from Jewellery, Irish music, arts, clothing, Irish books and souvenirs to truly remember this fun day! Also, for children there will be little rides to spiral in and a Leprechaun House to giggle in which really boasts the event!
You can take pride in what Manchester has to offer with a separate Irish Festival event being carried out from Friday 4th March until Sunday 20th March.
The celebration has proven a popular one in recent years, so make sure you get hold of your ticket at: http://www.manchesteririshfestival.co.uk/news/top-ten-highlights-st-patricks-parade-weekend-manchester
3) Birmingham St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Digbeth High Street
The Midlands sure know how to party in style as this festival has enticed as many as 100,000 St. Patrick’s fans, from previous years and because of this… it has been announced as ‘The Third Biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world!’ and will be held on Sunday 13th March from 12pm-2pm.
A parade of 1,000 marchers will take attention from the Camp Hill roundabout and they will troop along to Digbeth High Street. Amongst this there will also be, Irish music, dance, comedy acts, regular Irish food and family events.
More importantly, a multi-cultural episode of Welsh dragons, Chinese dragons and Caribbean dancers will also be present which makes this event even more special and unique!
With the event only being for a couple of hours, you can continue the amazing experience by strolling along Alcester Street to the Irish Club or to the after party at the ‘Emerald Village’, near Bradford Street- which will be open from 1.30pm to 6pm and featuring live entertainment on ‘St. Pat Rocks Stage’, as well as markets, a funfair and so on!