In 2018, the official three-day celebration in London begins on 16 March, and culminates in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Central London and Trafalgar Square festivities on 18 March. Check back nearer the time for more details on the 2018 St Patrick’s Day Parade in London and St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square.
St Patrick’s Day Parade in London : Be amazed by flamboyant pageantry, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools in the annual London St Patrick’s Day Parade. The procession makes its way down Piccadilly, on a 1.5-mile (2.4km) route, passing some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and onto Whitehall. Accessible to all audiences, the festival aims to transfer the experience of Irish culture to all Londoners and visitors. Organized by the Mayor of London with the support of many Irish businesses, the festival works closely with many Irish cultural organizations, musicians and artists.
St Patrick’s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square : Watch fun St Patrick’s Day performances, take part in Irish cultural events and enjoy special children’s activities for free with the Trafalgar Square St Patrick’s Day Festival. Tuck into traditional and modern Irish food from the market as you enjoy comxedy, Irish music, ceilidhs and lively dancing.