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St Patrick’s Day in London

St Patrick’s Day is on 17 March but you’ll find special events taking place in London throughout the week.

st-patricks-day-londonThe St Patrick’s Day Parade takes place every year in London. It involves marching bands, floats, street theatre and more. All 32 Irish counties are represented, dressed in their traditional county colours. Other parade participants include members of London’s Irish community and other Londoners.

This year’s parade takes place on 17 March, beginning at 12 noon in Piccadilly. It then proceeds to Trafalgar Square, where you can enjoy the free St Patrick’s Day Festival until 6pm. Look out for The Puca, a giant inflatable dragon, winding its way through the streets during the parade.

The Trafalgar Square festival celebrates Ireland’s culture, including a wide range of traditional and contemporary dancing; a comedy tent hosted by the London Irish Comedy Festival; a film tent showing film shorts by Irish filmmakers; and a food market with the chance to sample produce from the Emerald Isle.

Other St Patrick’s Day Events in London

St Patrick’s Day is celebrated across the capital, with parties in many London pubs and bars. Expect green decor, traditional Irish drinks and lots of fun!

You might also find a special menu or two at London’s restaurants.

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More About St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick is one of the patron Saints of Ireland and the day is traditionally celebrated with a feast. St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland.

St Patrick’s Day is also celebrated all over the world, by people of both Irish and non-Irish descent

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Tourism Ireland creates You-Tube video inviting Londoners to ‘Escape the Madness’ this summer

A short You-Tube video created by Publicis London and voiced by actor Chris O’Dowd and sees two friends pitted against each other in a race to two very different destinations – can ‘Yer Man’ fly to Ireland and have a pint of stout before his mate ‘Office Boy’ commutes to his London office and has a latte?

The video shows the contrast between the chaos in the capital and the tranquillity and lack of gridlock in Ireland. ‘Office Boy’ is seen straining to reach his destination travelling by bus, taxi, rickshaw and cycle, while ‘Yer Man’ has a relaxing journey facing a minor delay in his taxi as a herd of sheep cross the road. ‘Office Boy’ makes his destination thinking he’s won as ‘Yer Man’ orders his second drink viewing the tranquil seascape.

The film ends with the challenge: “How will you deal with the madness? Will you escape it, or embrace it?”, viewers are asked to make their choice and depending on which one they pick will be invited to enter a prize draw to win either a trip to Ireland, or VIP treatment at Irish House in London or a tab at the Porterhouse in Covent Garden.

Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland’s central marketing director, commented: “Tourism Ireland is a strong believer in the power of engaging content to generate positive word of mouth about Ireland. London’s summer of madness is just about upon us so what better time to suggest a relaxing trip across the Irish Sea instead?

“Chris O’Dowd became involved after he tweeted a request to become the voice of Tourism Ireland in Britain and I told him that we would be happy to oblige! This humorous short film is the result of our collaboration and we hope it gets widely shared the length and breadth of Britain.”

The You-Tube video will be supported by seeding via Rubber Republic and Outbrain, premium video page posts on Facebook and pre-roll Twitter activity. Twitter users are also encouraged to join the debate via hashtags #escapethemadness or #embracethemadness.

Deputy managing director of Publicis London, Jason Cobbold, added: “We anticipate there’ll be plenty of frustrated Londoners this summer. The film is a tongue- in-cheek reminder that there’s respite and a relaxing pint not far away.”

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