LONDON MAYOR Sadiq Khan says this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities will be the most spectacular the English capital has even witnessed.
Now in its 18th year, London’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festival will see the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square turn green for the city’s largest celebration of Irish culture and community.
It’s shaping up to be quite a year too with Mr Khan promising the Irish Post that this year’s edition will be “the biggest St Patrick's Day celebrations London's ever seen”.
“We've had the biggest ever ones in 2017, 2018, 2019,” he said.
“2020 is going to be even bigger this March,"
“The big event will be on the 15th, I will as usual be leading from the front of the parade,” the London Mayor continued.
“But we don't just have the one day, we'll have a few days’ worth of events. We will also be engaging the older London Irish population.
“There are big communities across London, so we will be having events not just in Soho but across London, to start a few days before or a few days afterwards, and there will be a big cultural component as well.
“As usual, there has been a committee set up to organise the events, we'll be working closely with all of them and give them any support they need.”
Speaking at an event where he sought to reassure the Irish living in London that the city remains “open”, Mr Khan stressed the importance of making it a St Patrick’s Day to remember.
“It gives people a sense of belonging,” he explained. “It makes people feel welcome.”