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St. Patrick's Day 2024

Raise a glass to Ireland while the green procession paves its way through the centre of London

Dates: March 17, 2024

St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day

London's St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the country's most celebrated festivals, drawing over 100,000 visitors every year on the Sunday closest to March 17. Revelers gather at Hyde Park Corner at noon to follow the spectacular​ walk towards Trafalgar Square, where the festivities continue well through 6 pm.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Thousands watch the elaborate Irish float groups representing the 32 counties of Ireland and enjoy traditional dance, food, and music. The parade showcases marching bands and dancing troupes from all over the U.K. Also, gear up for the Garda band from Dublin. Cheerful crowds pass Piccadilly Circus, St James's Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street, and Whitehall, greeted by spectators in leprechaun hats, green wigs, and intricate costumes. So put on your best green outfit and join London's huge Irish community in fervent celebration, which is also free to watch!

St. Patrick's Day Festival

After the Parade, crowds flock to the St Patrick's Day Festival at Trafalgar Square. It boasts live music, plenty of stalls selling delectable foods, and kids' activities, such as face-painting or medal-making. The main stage features numerous stars, community choirs, children's films, storytelling sessions, and a sing-along finale. Beyond the main program, you can also expect some arts and crafts fair, comedy and theatrical performances, sports, games, and special displays like a traditional Irish cottage.

If you're visiting London on St. Patrick's Day occasion, you can also check out some worth spots in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square. Covent Garden, for example, lies within a 7-minute walk. Also, Piccadilly Circus in a 6-minute walk might capture you attention, and Leicester Square, which is less then 5 minutes away. After all, you might always find something interesting happening in the city during this festive weekend.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin