THE Huddersfield St Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off a month of festivities in Britain this weekend.
The exhibition of colour, culture and craic takes place a week earlier than most parades and festivals on Sunday, March 8 at 1pm.
It promises to be a fun-filled family party where one and all are invited to sing, dance, clap and embrace the shindig and the shenanigans.
The parade, supported by the Irish Government and Kirklees Council, welcomes back top Irish act Kilmyshall Set Dancers from Co. Wexford.
They will feature alongside The Ranchers Showband in the popular Parade Eve Concert at The Irish Centre on Saturday, March 7 at 8.30pm.
Local acts on the day will include the Giants Causeway rock band, Memphis Cruisers rock ’n’ roll band, Frumptarn Guggenband, The University Marathon band and the Ciara Darcy Academy of Dance.
Also joingin in the fun is the Silver Stars Majorettes, Cassidy Irish dancers, The Giants Cheerleaders, and the Wild Irish Roses as well as traditional Irish outfits, Keep it Country and Celtic Duo.
Other attractions will include the Liverpool Irish Flute Band, a compere and disco, a display of the 2015 World Medical and Health Games as well as GAA.
International Womens Day, street exhibitions, booklets, flags and face painting, Terry The Terrier and Big G will also feature while Saint Patrick will be keeping a watchful eye on RoboTec, The Leprechauns, The Turfman and Molly Malone.
Indeed there will be little time to draw breath as the procession draws into St George’s Square at 1.45pm.
When Town Crier Vic Watson introduces a triple treat of ‘Step, Dance and Rock’, revellers will also be invited to line up for photos with an array of mascots during the 20-minute show.
It all promises to be a glorious eclectic occasion and a spe cial day for Huddersfield’s very own beat on the street.
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