Huddersfield St Patricks Day Parade
Written on January 31, 2017
The Parade starts at 1pm finishing between 2 and 2.30pm, continuing with a full programme of entertainment afterwards at Huddersfield Irish Centre.
Huddersfield Irish Centre, 86 Fitzwilliam St., Huddersfield, HD1 5BB.
The Parade starts and finishes at the Irish Centre, following a 1.5 mile circular route of the town centre, pausing in St. Georges Square for special performances.
The Parade costs approx. £16,000 to host, covered by grants, sponsorship and half through fundraising.
Please continue to support the Parade by attending its events, in the lead up to the Parade.
at Huddersfield Irish Centre
EASTER FAMILY PARTY
Monday 28th March, 2pm
Entrance: Adults £2.50 Children £1.50
The Huddersfield Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Association welcomes you to its Website. The original site was created in 2003 year for our 3rd Parade. It began as a small basic site and grew into an informative and intersting archive, which gave a good outline of the Parade and what it is all about. However, the progress of technology and a software update has prompted us create this new site, which will be updated throughout the year giving information on Events and any other news.
The Parade has continued in its growth and popularity from its inception in 2001, each year striving to improve on the last, with the enthusiasm of both participants and spectators alike, ensuring it is a great success. It is generally agreed it is a fantastic Parade with the efforts of all involved, being displayed through wonderful performance, making for an enjoyable Parade all round.
This year’s Parade follows the now successful format used for former Parades, with once again visiting bands and groups partaking. The Parade has managed to secure the services of Birmingham Irish Pipes and Drums and we look forward to welcoming them back to Huddersfield again.
Preparations for Parade 2017 began the moment The 2016 Parade finished and after a successful Easter family party groups were invited to contact the team with plans on how they would like to be involved.
The committee chose a number of artistic and cultural groups and workshops began in earnest in September. They are currently working on their displays and the twenty five acts will line up for the parade which takes place on March 19th at 1pm.
Of course, in order for our family festival to be a success we need to raise funds and a big thank you to The Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme and TheBig Lottery Fund – Awards For All who awarded grants of £4000 and £4850 respectively. Thanks also to you our supporters who will help us raise over eight thousand pounds through supporting The Grand Draw, Halloween, Irish Night, the annual booklet and countless other efforts via sales, donations and advertisements. This means that another wonderful weekend is guaranteed where Irish culture is promoted to all in Huddersfield and everyone is welcome to our fun-filled jamboree.
We do hope you enjoy using the site and the committee wishes you all the best, as we prepare for St.Patrick’s Day 2017.Please note we welcome all suggestions, feedback, ideas and practical support, in order for us to keep providing a fantastic Parade!
Huddersfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association
There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.
The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .
The beating heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.