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St Patrick's Parade & Festival 2014

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St Patrick's Day Parade
St Patrick's Day Festival
Aisling Bea is at the London Irish Comedy Festival Tent
St Patrick's Day Film Festival
 

 

The official London celebrations - that's the ones that don't revolve around pubs, Guinness and more pubs - are a great chance to immerse yourself in the Irish spirit (not the whiskey kind, although that also will be freely flowing to-be-sure) while enjoying the buzz and vibrancy of London in party mood.

 
 

St Patrick's Day Parade 2014

The streets of London are taken over by a procession that represents all 32 Irish counties.

St Patrick's Day Parade 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade 2014 The theme for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade is 'World of Dance' as over 100,000 people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2014 that's Sunday 16th March - with floats representing all 32 Irish counties as the procession makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Haymarket via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with live shows, music and an Irish dance tent as well as the London Irish Comedy Festival tent and a food market, from 12 noon. On the main stage there are performance by the cast of West End musicals The Commitments (1.30pm-1.50pm), and Once (3pm-3.20pm), 25 London Irish Dance World Champion Qualifers take to the stage at 3.30pm, and Riverdance, who are bringing their 20th anniversary tour to London's Hammersmith Apollo in December, take to the stage for a rousing finale from 5.40pm, wrapping things up around 6pm.
2014-03-162014-03-16 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Kids Events

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2014

 

The theme for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade is 'World of Dance' as over 100,000 people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2014 that's Sunday 16th March - with floats representing all 32 Irish counties as the procession makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Haymarket via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with live shows, music and a huge outdoor ceili as well as comedy and a food market, from 12 noon. Of course, the best places to celebrate are the pubs and Catholic churches throughout London, with their mix of religion, music and good cheer. Keep an eye on where the real London Irish go after the parade and you could be in for a memorable evening. London's Irish community have always celebrated St Patrick's Day in the traditional manner, with church services, music, dancing and plenty of Guinness and whisky.

 
 
 

The Festival

Trafalgar Square is transformed into a world of Irish food, music, dance and comedy.

 

The carnival atmosphere is concentrated in Trafalgar Square, which becomes a hub for all things Irish. This is where the stage is set for a jig or two and with the best Irish music - from traditional to contemporary - it's a real crowd-puller and, if the weather holds, a scene of much merriment. Festival day sees a profusion of Irish crafts, culture and food with the fun extending to storytelling and ceili dancing. On the main stage there are performances by the cast of West End musicals The Commitments and Once. Twenty five London Irish Dance Championship Qualifiers take to the stage at 3.30pm, and Riverdance put on a grand finale concluding the afternoon's live entertainment.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE:
12:00-12:30 - London Irish Music School
12:40-12:55 - Daithi Ó Drónaí
13:05-13:15 - Irish Harp Orchestra
13:20-13:30 - Launch Moment
13:30-13:50 - The Commitments
14:00-14:30 - Mulkere Music Academy
14:40-14:55 - Mundy
15:00-15:20 - Once The Musical
15:30-15:40 - Jig/Museum of Irish Dance
15:50-16:35 - Kila
16:45-17:30 - Late Late Show Band
17:40-18:00 - Riverdance

 
 
 

The London Irish Comedy Festival Tent

Top Irish comics perform free gigs in Trafalgar Square.

St Patrick's Day Parade 2014 St Patrick's Day Parade 2014 The theme for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade is 'World of Dance' as over 100,000 people flock to the capital to celebrate Ireland's patron saint. The London parade is on the Sunday closest to 17th March - so in 2014 that's Sunday 16th March - with floats representing all 32 Irish counties as the procession makes its way from Green Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, around Piccadilly Circus, along Haymarket via Trafalgar Square to end at Whitehall. In Trafalgar Square there's free entertainment with live shows, music and an Irish dance tent as well as the London Irish Comedy Festival tent and a food market, from 12 noon. On the main stage there are performance by the cast of West End musicals The Commitments (1.30pm-1.50pm), and Once (3pm-3.20pm), 25 London Irish Dance World Champion Qualifers take to the stage at 3.30pm, and Riverdance, who are bringing their 20th anniversary tour to London's Hammersmith Apollo in December, take to the stage for a rousing finale from 5.40pm, wrapping things up around 6pm.
2014-03-162014-03-16 Where:
Trafalgar Square, Central London London, WC2N 5DS
Category: Kids Events

Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2014

 

In 2014, the London Irish Comedy Festival tent will pitch up in Trafalgar Square as part of the Mayor of London's St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. The tent features a free afternoon of some of the best of Ireland's Irish comedic talent based in Ireland and the UK. MC for the afternoon is Eric Lalor, winner of the entertainment.ie Stand-up of the Year award in 2011 and 2012. Have a giggle with Barry Murphy, star and writer of Ireland's 'Irish Pictorial Weekly' and 'Apres Match'; Roisin Conaty, familiar from Channel 4's 'Man Down' and BBC Three's Impractical Jokers Edinburgh Comedy Award; Damian Clarke, an Australian comic adopted by Ireland; and harp playing comedienne Christiane O'Mahony. Finally, you can see for yourself why the "hugely endearing" (The Guardian) Aisling Bea, won the 2012 Foster's So You Think You're Funny? Award.

TIMES & COMEDIANS:
14:15-14:35 - Damian Clarke
14:40-15:00 - Barry Murphy
15:05-15:25 - Christiane O'Mahony
15:30-15:50 - Willa White
16:00-16:20 - Roisin Conaty
16:25-16:45 - Jarlath Regan
16:50-17:10 - Aisling Bea

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Film Festival

The Prince Charles Cinema hosts a free film festival a short walk from Trafalgar Square.

St Patrick's Day Film Festival St Patrick's Day Film Festival Part of the official Mayor-backed St Patrick's Day celebrations in London, the St Patrick's Day Film Festival will take place at The Prince Charles Cinema, around the corner from the main event in Trafalagar Square. The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square, well known for its affordable ticket prices, hosts an afternoon of free Irish film with five programmes shown on the hour from 12 noon. Films by acclaimed and renowned Irish directors include the multi-award winning short film 'The Missing Scarf' and Martin McDonagh's Oscar winning black comedy, 'Six Shooter', starring Brendan Gleeson. Added to these are short films and St Patrick's Day moments from Gael Linn's Irish language cinema newsreel.
2014-03-162014-03-16 Where:
Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London London, WC2H 7BY
Category: Seasonal

Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BY

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2014

 

Part of the official Mayor-backed St Patrick's Day celebrations in London, the St Patrick's Day Film Festival will take place at The Prince Charles Cinema, around the corner from the main event in Trafalagar Square. The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square, well known for its affordable ticket prices, hosts an afternoon of free Irish film with five programmes shown on the hour from 12 noon. Films by acclaimed and renowned Irish directors include the multi-award winning short film 'The Missing Scarf' and Martin McDonagh's Oscar winning black comedy, 'Six Shooter', starring Brendan Gleeson. Added to these are short films and St Patrick's Day moments from Gael Linn's Irish language cinema newsreel.

 
 
 

St Patrick's Day Tea Dance

A free afternoon of dance to the great sounds of live Irish music.

St Patrick's Day Tea Dance St Patrick's Day Tea Dance The St Patrick's Day Tea Dance will take place in the lovely setting that is Westminster Cathedral Hall, an 18th century hall within Westminster Cathedral. Anyone can join in the dance, held from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 16th March, which is part of the Mayor-backed citywide celebrations in honour of St Patrick's Day. It's a great opportunity to dust down your 'guna's' and dancing shoes and take to the floor to the great sounds of live Irish music. A refreshment stall will be serving teas, coffees and cakes throughout the afternoon at this free event, tickets available on the door on the day.
2014-03-162014-03-16 Where:
Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London London, SW1P 1QW
Category: Seasonal

Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London, SW1P 1QW

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 16th March 2014

 

The St Patrick's Day Tea Dance will take place in the lovely setting that is Westminster Cathedral Hall, an 18th century hall within Westminster Cathedral. Anyone can join in the dance, held from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday 16th March, which is part of the Mayor-backed citywide celebrations in honour of St Patrick's Day. It's a great opportunity to dust down your 'guna's' and dancing shoes and take to the floor to the great sounds of live Irish music. A refreshment stall will be serving teas, coffees and cakes throughout the afternoon at this free event, tickets available on the door on the day.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

2nd September 2014

 

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