Mayor of London announces St Patrick's Day celebrations

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced a massive St Patrick’s Day celebration in the capital, according to

Sunday 17 March will see a parade through the capital, a giant inflatable dragon and a festival in Trafalgar all in honour of the day. The events, which will be free, are being organised in partnership with the Council or Irish Counties Associations and the St Patrick’s Day advisory forum.

The parade, which will travel from Piccadilly to Whitehall, will feature floats, musicians and number of community organisations along with the appearance of The Puca, a 36 metre-long inflatable dragon.

The holiday, which could see event venues reinvent their decor to accommodate the traditional green of St Patrick, will also see a London Irish Comedy Festival in Trafalgar Square, alongside a number of film tents.

An Irish food market with contemporary and traditional music will also take to the Square.

Johnson commented on the celebration to “I am delighted to once again be supporting London’s St Patrick’s Day Festival and parade. Amongst the biggest outside Ireland they are a fantastic celebration for Londoners and visitors alike, as well as being a tribute to the contribution that generations of Irish people have made to life in the capital.”