Calling all Carlovians in London to St Patrick’s Parade and Festival – Sunday 15th March.

* CALLING ALL CARLOVIANS IN LONDON *

“Your County needs YOU”
follow-me-up-to-carlow-london-st-pats-parade6Its countdown to London’s 2020 St Patrick’s Celebrations on 15th March and the County Carlow Association in London plan to be out in force on the biggest National Day in the world’s calendar.

And we invite you all to be there in your ‘Red Yellow and Green’ Carlow Jersey or Irish Top waving your flags and banners

You’ll be made very welcome.

Also see the wonderful floats from Irish County Associations, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish Dancing schools.

Beigh fáilte romhat..

London St Patrick’s Day Parade has been in existence since the 1960s, when it was organised by the Council of Irish Counties Associations. It is now in its 18th year as a Mayor of London event.

Accessible to all audiences and attracting over 50,000 people onto the streets to watch, the parade aims to share a little of Irish culture with Londoners and visitors. This year includes 70 group entries consisting of floats (motorised and non-motorised) and walking groups, many with live musicians playing traditional Irish instruments, vocalists and contemporary Irish pop or jazz.

These entries consist of Irish associations, sports clubs, dance schools, community, church, union and interest groups and family contingents. The parade is also enlivened by several energetic international entries.

Be part of the colourful procession of Irish marching bands from the UK, US and Ireland, dance troupes and pageantry, including the Garda band from Dublin and the return of the popular Giant St Patrick.

The parade travels through Piccadilly, St James’s Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall.

The parade finishes in Trafalgar Square to a backdrop of Irish Culture with Music, Song, Dance and plenty of Craic on the Main Stage from noon till 6pm

The best of Irish arts, culture, food and music will be on show as Londoners and visitors join together to celebrate the significant contribution Irish people have made to London and the  surrounding area.

Women in sport is the theme of this year’s parade and festival in support of the Federation of Irish Sports 20×20 campaign to improve coverage of women’s sport.  The Grand Marshall for the world-renowned parade on Sunday will be Dublin camogie player Laura Twomey.

Main Stage Line Up

The Main Stage at Trafalgar Square boasts a world-class line-up of Irish culture and music, in partnership with the London Irish Centre, compered by Derry Girls actress Siobhan McSweeney.

There will be family concerts, storytelling, children’s films and youth performances, as well as community choirs, schools, dance troops and collectives. There will also be performances by Imelda May, KILA and a singalong finale.

Come out on Sunday and help paint the town GREEN (with a touch of RED and YELLOW also).  The parade leaves the top of Piccadilly at NOON forming up from 11.00 from outside Green Park Station.
following-carlow9-300x225It sets off at a jig and parades its way up Piccadilly, along Lower Regent, the Mall and Cockspur Street, rounding Trafalgar Square and finishing up in Whitehall.

Come along and join the craic in following the ‘Follow me up to Carlow’ and ‘County Carlow London Association’ banners.

Make it the event where all Carlovians in London can experience that ‘Special Gathering’ outside of the county of Carlow and Ireland.

* Have a fantastic St Patrick’s Day * 

* Lá Fhéile Phádraig Shona Daoibh *

* Sláinte *

 



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