London's St Patrick's Day Parade 2022: When, Where And How To Get Involved

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London's St Patrick's Day Parade 2022: When, Where And How To Get Involved
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St Patrick's Day is around the corner, and London's big parade is taking place across central London and into Trafalgar Square for the first time since 2019.

When and where is London's St Patrick's Day parade 2022?

Sunday 13 March, starting at 12pm with festivities winding up around 6pm. The parade begins at Hyde Park Corner, travelling through Piccadilly, St James's Street, Pall Mall, Cockspur Street and Whitehall, culminating in Trafalgar Square, where there's lots going on.

The party's back on for 2022. Image: Shutterstock

What's happening for the St Patrick's Day parade?

50,000 people usually line the 1.5 mile route down to Trafalgar Square to admire elaborate floats, marching bands, sports clubs and Irish dancing schools from across the UK, Ireland and the USA.

This year, 11 Grand Marshals have been selected, all Irish, and all key workers who helped to keep London going over the last two years. They include representatives from the NHS, TfL, Metropolitan Police and London Fire Service — the full list is available online.

Also look out for the Giant St Patrick, a larger-than-life mechanical version of the saint.

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There's spoken word, Irish dancing, and Irish film screenings taking place throughout the afternoon. Image: Shutterstock

What's happening in Trafalgar Square?

Festivities take place from 12pm here too, hosted in partnership with the London Irish Centre. Singer and radio presenter Gemma Bradley hosts the action, which includes headline performances from singer-songwriter Damian Dempsey and folk band Altan.

It's not all music though; spoken word, Irish dancing, and Irish film screenings take place throughout the afternoon, as well as storytelling, face painting and  children's films to keep younger visitors happy.

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More pipers piping. Image: Shutterstock

Other St Patrick's Day events in London

The parade and festival is just a small part of London's St Patrick's Day celebrations. Other events on the 'official' programme include live Irish music and dancing inside Tottenham Court Road station on Saturday 12 March, 10am-3pm. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to browse the full programme of community events.

Unofficially, plenty of other organisations and venues hop on the emerald green bandwagon, organising their own St Patrick's Day events and celebrations, from comedy to cabaret to cheesy club nights. Oh, and if it's Irish pubs you're after, here's our guide.

Last Updated 07 March 2022

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