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Music, poetry and dance make London's first St Patrick's Day festival a great day out for all
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has announced the final running order for London's first ever St Patrick's Day festival, which is expected to be attended by thousands of people from across the capital on Sunday.
Musical stars the Dubliners, Mary Coughlan, poet Tom Paulin and dance troupe Celtic Feet are amongst those who will be taking part in London's first official St Patrick's Day festival in Trafalgar Square on Sunday. As well as music on the main stage, there will be an acoustic stage situated by the Sainsbury's extension of the National Gallery.
People will also be able to try out traditional Irish instruments, take part in poetry workshops and enjoy traditional Irish food and drink from stalls and marquees around the square.
There will also be an area designated for children, with a playbus, face-painting, storytelling and other activities.
Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, the Irish Ambassador to London, and Seumas Brennan, Minister of State to the Taoiseach, will take part in the Parade before the festival, joining 15 floats and contingents from the Metropolitan Police and the Fire Brigade, schools, Irish dancers and bands.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said:
'The St Patrick's Day festival and Parade are an opportunity for Londoners and visitors to the capital to celebrate all things Irish – from literature to music and song, from dancing to oysters. With the range of entertainment and activities being put on for the festival I am sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to a great day out for London.'
Notes to Editors
Further details are available from Ben McKnight on 020 7983 4071\ 07881 501 920, Catherine Mattison on 020-7983 4020\ 07957 340 795, or Rebecca Miller on 020 7983 4068\ 07810 756 170
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