London St Patricks Day Parade 2017
Sunday March 19th 2017
The London St Patricks Day Parade makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall
Join in the lively Irish celebrations with St Patrick’s Day events and activities in London.
London hosts fun and spectacular events every year to mark the day, usually on the weekend closest to 17 March.
In 2017, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 17 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square festivities on 19 March. Check back nearer the time for more details on the 2017 St Patrick’s Day Parade in London and St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square.
The Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.
London St Patricks Day Parade and Festival is now in its 15th year and attracts over 150,000 people. It has become a destination event, which showcases the best of Irish music, song dance, culture and arts.
Accessible to all audiences, the festival aims to transfer the experience of Irish culture to all Londoners and visitors. Organised by the Mayor of London with the support of many Irish businesses, the festival works closely with many Irish cultural organisations, musicians and artists. Held on the Sunday closest to 17 March, the 2017 event will take place on Sunday March 19th 2017 in the iconic Trafalgar Square.
The parade celebrates both the deep roots of Irish communities in London and also the present-day energy and vibrance of Irishness in London and beyond. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘World of Dance’ and we invite all London dance groups to come and help us celebrate the rich heritage of dance within Irish culture. The parade will feature spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools.
Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.
According to different versions of his life story it is said that he was born in Britain, around 385AD. His parents Calpurnius and Conchessa were Roman citizens living in either Scotland or Wales. As a boy of 14 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep. He returned to Ireland in his 30s as a missionary among the Celtic pagans.
Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”
Many folk ask the question ‘Why is the Shamrock the National Flower of Ireland ?’ The reason is that St. Patrick used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.
In the custom known as “drowning the shamrock”, the shamrock that has been worn on a lapel or hat is put in the last drink of the evening.