The month of March is usually full of celebrations, such as Mother’s Day and the well-known Feast of St. Patrick. St Patrick’s Day is an official Christian feast day of Ireland, where for one day during lent the Irish celebrate their heritage with food and drink. It is also celebrated all over the world, by people of both Irish and non-Irish descent.
On Sunday 15th March, London turned green for St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. From Green Park, passing along some of the most iconic Landmarks, including The Ritz and Piccadilly Circus onto Whitehall, London’s Irish community took part in the parade to celebrate their patron saint, representing all 32 counties of Ireland. Headed by former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan, the parade featured spectacular pageantry, wonderful floats, marching bands, sport clubs and Irish dancing schools from across the UK.
Once in the picturesque and lively Trafalgar Square, people could enjoy different leisure activities. An artisan Irish food market, local music, ceilidh and traditional dance are only but few examples of the several attractions that people could savour. It was a great chance to experience Irish culture. Despite the light rain and the cold breeze, no one gave up with the fun!
Finally, to close the day at 6pm Nelson’s column was lit green.
But the festivity is not over yet, as on Tuesday 17th March St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated across the capital, with parties in many London pubs and bars. So, come on students of ESOL in London, let’s all join the party at Tiger Tiger! Get your voucher at reception and you will get a free Guinness before 11pm.