St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival 2014

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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The London St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is now in its 13th year and attracts over 100,000 people. It has become a destination event, which showcases the best of Irish music, song dance, culture and arts.

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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 2014 event will take place on Sunday 16 March 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 invited 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.

St Patrick's Day Parade

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Woman dressed up in Irish colours for the parade

The 2014 St Patrick's Festival will be a day when London's communities, in partnership with the GLA, celebrate Irishness.

The day Parade down Piccadilly at midday, on a 1.5 mile route passing some of London most iconic Landmarks including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall.

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 features spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools and this year a representation of Dance from across the world.

Here is a list of the organisations taking part in the parade:

4 Provinces Banner

A1 Concrete Pumping Services

BEN QUINLAN

Bill Aulsberry

BOLIVIAN HERITAGE

CAPORALES SAN SIMON LONDRES

Cappagh

Castlerea Brass & Reid band

Cavan  Association London

Centro de la Comunidad

Chris O'Connor

Clare Association

Club

Comhaltas

Concern Worldwide

Connolly Association

Cork Association London

County Association

County Carlow Association London

CRAIC (Campaign for the Rights and Actions of Irish Communities) Fighting the Cuts - Trade Union presence

Donegal Association London

Drumenagh School of Irish dance

Dublin All Stars

Essex Caledonian Pipe Band

F M Conway, Term maintanance contractors

Fermanagh Association London

Firebird - EEA

Fr.Murphy's Ladies Football & Camogie Club

Funky Voices

Galway Association London

George Killoughery Ltd

GOAL UK

Greenwich Gathering

Greenwich Police Cadets Marching Band

Haringey Irish Cultural & Community Centre

Innisfree Housing Association

Ireland Council Banner

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain

Irish Community Services

Irish Wolfhound

Iryna Sennikava

J O'Doherty Haulage Ltd

JSM SUPPORT SERVICES LIMITED

Kerry Association London

Kilburn Gaels Youth Hurling Club

Leitrim Association London

Limerick Exiles Association London

London 2012 Ceremonies Carnival Crew

London Council of Irish Counties

London Fire Brigade Emerald Society

London Irish Centre

London Irish Women's Network

London Recumbent Club

London Wexford Association

London-Irish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group

M MOSS REPAIRS LTD

Mayo Association London

Meath Association of London

Met Police Emerald Society

Monaghan Association London

MORENADA BLOQUE KANTUTA

Morphsuits (green, shamrock and Irish flag suit)

Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International & Soznak

North London Shamrocks Youth Gaelic football club

Offaly Association 1962

Pandemonium Drummers

Peace

RASPO Steel Orchestra / CultureMix Arts Ltd

Roscommon Association

SCARTAGLEN

Sheridan Dance Studios

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project

St Dympnas GFC

ST PATRICK GIANT - EEA

St Patrick's  Banner

St Patrick's College London

Talentos

The Real Jigs

Thom Hunter

Tipperary Association London

Tir Conaill Gaels Youth Gaelic Football Club

Tricolour

Vintage Club

VIP Walkers

Waterford Association London

WSL limousines

St Patrick's Day Main Stage

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

What better way to celebrate St Patrick's Day than with a stage featuring some of the greatest Irish performers to entertain.

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

Comedy Tent

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The London Irish Comedy Festival is thrilled to announce that it will again play host to the London Irish Comedy Festival tent 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 emerging and established 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. The line-up includes; Barry Murphy, star and writer of Ireland’s ‘Irish Pictorial Weekly’ and ‘Après Match’, Roisin Conaty, star of Channel 4’s ‘Man Down’ and BBC Three’s Impractical Jokers Edinburgh Comedy Award, Aisling Bea, Foster’s Best Newcomer Nominee 2013 and winner of the 2012 Foster’s So You Think You’re Funny? Award, Damian Clarke, an Australian comic adopted by Ireland who has featured on Irish television’s ‘Republic of Telly’, Jarlath Regan, an award winning comedian and writer for ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and the hit Irish panel show, ‘The Panel’, Willa White,  who got into comedy in 2005, through the Irish TV programme ‘Joy In The Hood’ and Christiane O’ Mahony, a musical comedienne who plays the harp, who was a UK Musical Comedy Award Quarter Finalist and a Funny Women Semi-Finalist.

Here is the line up of who is performing and when:

Eric Lalor, MC throughout the afternoon

Damian Clarke, 14:15 – 14:35

Barry Murphy, 14:40 – 15:00

Christiane O' Mahony, 15:05 – 15:25

Willa White, 15:30 – 15:50

Roisin Conaty, 16:00 – 16:20

Jarlath Regan, 16:25 – 16:45

Aisling Bea, 16:50 – 17:10

Irish Dance Lessons

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Ever wanted to learn Irish Dance?  Well now you can with the help of our JIG dance workshop in assoication with The Irish Dance World Championships.

The Irish Dance Tent on Trafalgar Square will offer an afternoon of fun Irish dance lessons and displays by World Chamipions including workshops  in solo, 2 hand and 4 hand dances.

Spot our 'JIG troopers' who will be out and about moving around the Square providing on the spot fun and dance for everyone.

There will no excuses not to join in when our 25 London Irish Dance World Champion Qualifers take to the stage at 15.30!

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
London
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Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH
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Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London
WC2H 7BY
United Kingdom

Irish Food Market

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

St Patrick’s Day was traditionally known as the day of feasting, so use this as an excuse to head into the heart of London to sample some of Ireland’s finest produce at the Irish Food Market.

The Irish Food Market is the perfect way to sample the true flavour of Ireland and experience a warm welcome from the producers themselves. From farmhouse cheeses and traditional breads to smoked fish and luxury confectionery, our sponsors Kerrygold brings the very best of Ireland to central London.

Here's a list of the following food companies who will be delivering their products:

Brodericks - Biscuits

Burren SmokeHouse - Smoked Salmon

Clonakilty Black Pudding - Black & white pudding, Sausages

Glenilen - Yoghurt

Irish Cheese Direct - Farmhouse Cheeses

Jelly Bean Factory - Jelly Beans

Kooky Dough - Cookie & Muffin Dough

Mellas Fudge - Fudge

Mileens - Honey

The Food of Athenry  - Gluten Free Range, Biscuits, Cakes

Irish Language Ambassadors

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Speak Irish! Labhair Gaeilge!

Get the full Irish experience by learning a few words of Ireland’s native language.

Whether you’re an interested beginner, a rusty school-speaker, or even a native Gaelgóir, come and chat with our friendly Irish language team on Trafalgar Square. If you spot a green t-shirt saying ‘Labhair Liom’ (the Irish for ‘Speak to Me’) get ready to learn, chat, and have some fun.

The Irish language crew will also be able to give you information on ways to learn the language online, in classes or at one of London’s many Irish social gatherings.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
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Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH
United Kingdom
Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London
WC2H 7BY
United Kingdom

St Patrick's Day Tea Dance

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

The St Patrick's Day Tea Dance will take place in the lovely setting that is Westminster Cathedral Hall from the times 14:00 - 18:00.

Its 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 wil be serving teas, coffees and cakes throughout the afternoon.

This is a free event with tickets available on the door on the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westminster Cathedral Hall

Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH
United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
London
WC2N 5DS
United Kingdom
Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London
WC2H 7BY
United Kingdom

St Patrick's Day Irish Film Festival

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

The St Patrick's Day Film Festival will take place throughout the afternoon at The Prince Charles Cinema near Leicester Square, with acclaimed and renowned Irish films, including the multi-award winning short film The Missing Scarf and Oscar winning black comedy, Six Shooter.

The programme which is made up of a screenings of short films is being co-presented by The Irish Film Institute.

With five programmes performing on the hour starting at 12:00 - 17:00, here is the following list of what is on and when:

12:00 Shooting Stars                                                                             

Recommended aged 16. Scenes of disturbing nature.

Six Shooter - Director Martin McDonagh

On a sad train journey home, an older man having just been informed about the death of his wife encounters a strange, outlandish and possibly dangerous teenager.

He Shoots, He Scores - Director John Moore

Set at some point in the indefinite future, a chance encounter between two boys leads to the discovery of a greater universe.

1:00 Presenting the Past - films from the IFI Irish Film Archive   

Amharc Éireann

St Patrick’s Day moments from Gael Linn’s Irish language cinema newsreel.

The Irish Village - Director Jim Clark

An early work from Academy and BAFTA award winning English film editor Jim Clark is an elegy to a Crookhaven, a small village in the southernmost tip of Ireland.

Ciall Cheannaigh

Produced by the Guinness Film Society, this observational documentary captures the texture of suburban life in Dublin’s first out-of-town shopping centre - with a rousing score by Irish folk musician, Donal Lunny. 

What Remains - Directors Pat Collins and Tadhg O’Sullivan

Co-directed by Pat Collins and Tadhg O’Sullivan this hauntingly beautiful short film, explores transience and cultural memory through film extracts from the IFI Irish Film Archive.

2:00 Animation Antics                                                                           

Cúilín Dualach - Director Nora Twomey

Born with his head on backwards, Cúilín Dualach has been shunned and mocked by all but his loving Mother. Then one day, he discovers he can do something better than anyone else

Pilgrim - Director Matthew Darragh

A stranger in an unknown land braves many dangers as he strives to fulfill his function.

The Ledge End of Phil (from Accounting) - Director Paul Ó Muiris

Stuck outside looking in, Phil is forced to face the world he’s been ignoring. How he must take a leap of faith.

Trolley Boy - Director Teemu Auerola

A trolley boy tries to keep himself motivated in his isolated and unfulfilling job.

Here To Fall - Director Kris Kelly

When a girl receives a call from her father, she is set on a frantic journey through a chaotic world.

The Missing Scarf - Director Eoin Duffy

A black comedy exploring some of life’s common fears: the fear of the unknown, of failure, of rejection, and of death.

Fear of Flying - Director Conor Finnegan

A small bird with a fear of flying tries to avoid heading south for the winter.

3:00 Contemporary Irish Shorts                                                   

Hannah Cohen’s First Communion - Director Shimmy Marcus

Hannah Cohen can’t wait to make her Holy Communion - only problem is - she’s Jewish! 

Mechanic - Director Tom Sullivan Feidlim Cannon

A mechanic fixes up an old car and drives into the Dublin Mountains to end his life, but old age catches up with him.

Rubaí - Director Louise N Fhiannachta (subtitled)

As her classmates prepare for their First Holy Communion, Rubaí announces that she is an atheist and refuses to participate.

4:00 Irish Shorts                                                                                  

Before I Sleep - Director Paul Mercier

Reuniting old theatre chums Brendan Gleeson and director Paul Mercier, this film follows an unemployed businessman (Gleeson) on his bleak odyssey through the snowy streets of Dublin.

Deep End Dance - Director Conor Horgan

Mother and son, above and under water, the dance of their lives

Moore St. Masala - Director David O’Sullivan

Shop clerk, Baba, falls for the sexy estate agent across the street. When he sells her lunch, she steals his heart. There is only one way there love can make it... Bollywood Style!

Prince Charles Cinema

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London
WC2H 7BY
United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
London
WC2N 5DS
United Kingdom
Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH
United Kingdom

Events across London on St Patrick's Day

Sunday, 16 March 2014 - 12:00pm

There will be a wide range of events taking place all over London to help celebrate St Patrick's Day including:

St. Patrick's Shindig on The Thames on Friday 14 March at HMS President, London.

The Best St. Patrick's Day Party in London on Monday 17 March at London Irish Centre, London.

Paul Durcan: Life is a Dream on Monday 17 March at Southbank Centre, London.

Find a full event listing.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square
Nearest underground station is Charing Cross or Embankment. Waterloo station is 5 mins away by public transport or 15 mins walk. Victoria Station 10 mins and 45 mins from both Gatwick & Heathrow
Westminster
London
WC2N 5DS
United Kingdom
Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH
United Kingdom
Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London
WC2H 7BY
United Kingdom