Sunday, March 13
Huddersfield Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Floats, displays, Irish dancing, traditional music and The City of Limerick Pipe and Drum Band all make up the Huddersfield St Patrick’s Parade.
Route: Begins Huddersfield City Centre, pausing at St Georges Square for special performances and thence to Huddersfield Irish Centre.
Time: Parade begins 1pm
Venue: Huddersfield Irish Centre, 86 Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield, HD1 5BB
Tel: 01484 420140
Sunday, March 13
Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade leaves the Millennium Square at 11am. The Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade is in its 17th year, a veritable celebration of all things Irish.
Route: Begins Cookridge Street, followed by an afternoon of Irish cultural events in Millennium Square
Time: Parade begins 11am
Thursday, March 17
Sheffield Irish Association will host the city’s St Patrick’s Day festivities this year on the day itself, March 17.
A Mass will take place at St Marie’s Cathedral from 12.30 to 1.30pm followed by a parade from the cathedral to the town hall, where Irish dancing and music await those taking part. A reception in honour of Ireland’s patron saint will then take place later in the town hall.
See www.sheffieldirish.org or search Sheffield Irish on Facebook for more details.
Friday, March 18
Tyneside Irish Brigade St Patrick’s Dinner & Dance
The Tyneside Irish Brigade was a British First World War infantry brigade of Kitchener’s Army, raised in 1914. The association keeps alive memories of the brigade, and the Irishmen who served, many of whom were killed. During the dinner music will be provided by a piper and harpist; afterwards the Tony Corcoran Band will provide the music for a hooley.
Venue: Tyneside Irish Centre, 43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG
Tel: 0191 261 0384
York Irish Association’s St Patrick’s Festival
The festival features music, sessions, buskers, dance, storytelling, food stalls, face-painting and all manner of craic. Acts include Diad, Roisín Ban, Paula Ryan, the Flying Donkeys, Gemma Irving, the O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance, with céilí music from Fiddlers Wreck and the New Fox Band.
Time: 11am-9.30pm Saturday; 11.30am-4pm Sunday
Venue: St Sampson’s Square, York City Centre, YO1 8RL