St Patrick’s Day, or theFeast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th of March, but the Mayor of London festival traditionally takes place the weekend before. It’s celebrated across the capital, with parties in many of London’s Irish pubs. Thousands of Londoners poured on to the streets around Trafalgar Square for the annual Mayor of London parade and festival celebration.
The parade began at midday at Hyde Park Corner, and consisted of floats, marching bands, Irish dancers and a stunning array of floats, the Trafalgar Square festival also started at midday, as thousands were treated to performances by Nathan Carter, The Wagon Wheels, Irish comic Jarlath Regan and the much-loved RTÉ’s Late Late Show.
To commemorate 100 years since the Easter Rising, when Ireland declared its independence, there was a reading on stage from the Irish ambassador to the UK, Daniel Mulhall.