Annual St Patrick’s Day parade in Leeds hailed a success

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LEEDS city centre was awash with green, white and orange during the city’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade today.

Former Leeds United manager and Republic of Ireland player David O’Leary set the parade on its way before joining hundreds of revellers who followed a route around the city centre.

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A colourful convoy of seven floats took part in the event as hundreds of people lined the city’s streets to cheer the parade on.

VIP guests included the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun David Congreve, and Natalie Marie Quinn, the reigning Mrs Ireland.

Hugh O’Malley, secretary of the Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade, said: “We had a really good day. The weather was kind to us and we had a good turnout, despite competing with Mother’s day.

“We had one of our best parades for a long time and we met our aim of ‘Leeds going Irish’ for the day. We had representations from all the Irish socieities in Leeds.

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“We have to give a lot of thanks to Leeds City Council and to the Irish businessmen in Leeds, who have helped sponsor the parade.”

Music, dancing and other entertainment was staged in Millennium Square throughout the day part of the celebrations, which were co-funded by Leeds City Council.

Leeds is estimated to have about 15,000 residents who can trace their heritage back to Ireland.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post last month, the Leeds Irish Festival will not be held this summer due to a lack of funding.

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