Irish love to party. In fact, they even have a special untranslatable phrase to describe their unique brand of conviviality – the craic.
St Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. The day honours the patron saint of Ireland, but celebrations are held around the world.
Along with the religious aspects of the Saint’s day, the festival is traditionally celebrated with ‘wearing of the green’ and shamrocks. The biggest of the festivities take place in Ireland but St Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated by Irish ex-pats around the world.
Irish manage to have a brilliant time in the most unpromising locations. So, with Trafalgar Square as the setting for London’s official bash in celebration of their patron saint, a blast is guaranteed. As it takes place on Sunday March 13, a sizeable proportion of the population is set to be looking appropriately green till at least Thursday which is when St Patrick’s Day actually falls.
The St. Patrick’s Day in London is celebrated throughc a parade which will feature pageantry, floats and a marching band. Last year it started at Green Park and passed along to Piccadilly Circus and Whitehall but details for 2016 are still to be confirmed.
There will also be a festival in Trafalgar Square for the day, which usually features comedy, film, entertainment and plenty of live Irish music and dancing.