Mid
Mar

St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

12:00pm – 6:00pm
Free

The London St Patrick’s Day Festival will no longer be taking place over the weekend. Presumaby leaving the 150,000 planned attendees in the lurch. Check our guide for more St Patrick’s day events that are yet to be cancelled, or see our what’s on guide for other things to do this weekend.

For guaranteed fun and rowdiness, follow the St Patrick’s Day Parade (complete with floats, marching bands and colourful showmanship). The route is scheduled to start at Hyde Park Corner, passing through piccadilly around midday. This massive parade passes many iconic London sights before ending at Trafalgar Square. From there the festivities continue with a full show from Irish acts and other guests.

St Patrick’s Day Festival 2020

St Patrick's Day Parade London Eye
Photo by iStock.com/Dolwolfian_Photography

This year’s line-up includes a boatload of live music and free entertainment. There are games, arts and crafts as well as walkabout performances. In Keeping with International Women’s Month, this year’s theme is Women in Sport. The goal is apparently to promote the Federation of Irish Sports’ aim to improve coverage of women’s sports across the board.

The main festival area around Trafalgar Square features an as-yet unclear line-up of Irish bands, culture and celebrities. This year’s special guest compere is the actor behind Derry Girls’ most sardonic nun, Siobhan McSweeney. Other highlights include food demonstrations, children’s workshops and shows and a replica Irish cottage. plus, of course, plenty of Guiness!

Other events and parties in London

The day is absolutely packed with walking tours, irish cinema, art events and comedy. Check out our guide to the best St Patrick’s day parties for a full rundown of the best st Patrick’s Day has to offer!

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