St Patrick’s Day Festival – a highlight of Luton’s calendar – is finally back after a three-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With country music stars, traditional Irish music and dancing as well as Gaelic football matches, a host of activities and events take place from March 12-17.
The highlight of the festival is the annual parade through the town on March 13, which will start from the Luton Irish Forum on Hitchin Road at 12:00 p.m. and cross the town and end on Market Hill at 12:45 p.m.
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There, the parade will be greeted by live music and dancing from World Irish Dancing Champion Cillian McGoldrick.
The festivities begin on Saturday 12 March as St Joseph’s Playing Grounds host the youth teams of Luton St Dympnas and St Vincent’s Gaelic Football Teams GFC, and the Claddagh Gaels Women’s Football Team, between 12pm and 3 p.m.
Sunday festivities begin with Sean O’Riada’s Mass, performed by the Luton Irish Forum Choir, at Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church on Castle Street, before the parade at noon.
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Once the parade is over, the Market Hill and The Mall stages will entertain crowds throughout the afternoon, with The Mall hosting Luton country music sensation Olivia Lynn.
The party then continues at The Hat Factory, where a Trad (Irish traditional music) band from Galway and Sligo will continue the party, along with Missing The Ferry, a band made up of four second-generation artists (including three brothers), from Luton .
The festival ends March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, at the Celtic Club, where Finbarr Conway’s Irish Dancing Academy will entertain audiences from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All other information about what’s happening at the festival can be found here.