How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in London
by Nina Christopoulou

One of the highlights of London’s annual events is, as you may have already guessed, St. Patrick’s Day! March 16th marks the beginning of the celebrations, but they don’t end within 24 hours, but instead, March 18th. Green decorations, rivers of Guinness and bits and pieces of Irish culture make up this extraordinary experience – for those of you that have not experienced Paddy’s Day in London before, here are the essential pieces of information.

1. The parade – DO NOT miss the parade!

At 12 pm the impressive bands, colourful floats and Irish dancing schools start marching down Piccadilly – on the 18th of March, that is! A sight that you should not miss, the parade is a fun tribute to Ireland’s patron saint.

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2. There is a festival too!

Once you have seen enough of the parade you can make your way down to Trafalgar Square. You will find Irish food in all its glory, craft stalls for the birthday gifts you have forgotten to get, and performances to accompany your stride.

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3. Have I not mentioned the Guinness?

London’s Irish pubs and bars are dressing up in their appropriate green ensembles and serving Guinness aplenty throughout the weekend. And yes, Guinness is a must, as it has been enjoyed at every St. Patrick’s Day since Arthur Guinness set up his brewery in 1759 (that seems like a long time, huh?).

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4. Yeap, the film festival seems pretty cool!

For those of you that want to emerge themselves a little more into Irish culture, this is a perfect pick! From March 16th to March 18th, the St. Patrick’s Film Festival has short films, Q&A’s and UK premieres in store for you. You can find out more about the film festival here: www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com/festival-programme/

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5. #IamIrish

St. Patrick’s Day is mostly fun and games, but this Photographic Exhibition taps into societal issues in the most magnificent way. The project was envisioned as a means of portraying what it really means to be Irish, via an intimate study of 24 mixed race Irish people. The exhibition runs from March 14th to April 13th at City Hall and is worth your attention!

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