The popular St Patrick’s Day Parade is set to take to the streets of city centre Leeds on Sunday, for the 13th year.
The Irish community of Leeds are to celebrate their nationality with a host of festivities to celebrate Irish History month and St Patrick’s Day.
Irish heritage is celebrated by thousands of people from across the north with a culmination on Sunday of the parade when crowds, bands and musicians walk the streets.
There will be floats and entertainment, Irish dancing, music and stalls including a beer tent as the parade goes on a route around the Millennium Square area.
The Parade will leave Millennium Square and travel down Cookridge Street and onto Park Row. The parade then turns left onto Boar Lane, crosses Briggate and onto Duncan Street, turns left onto Vicar Lane and turns left then onto the Headrow turning right into Cookridge Street finishing at Millennium Square.
After the parade a presentation for the best float also displays will be held in the Civic Hall from 12.30pm till 3pm.
The ribbon will be cut at 11am by Leeds Irishman Edward Lavelle to launch the ceremony, which attracts thousands of people from across the north.
Tommy McLoughlin, of Leeds Irish Centre, said there was a variety of events: “It is a great day of celebration for Leeds, the Irish community and many more people. It and always attracts a big crowd. There is something happening for all ages, and lots to celebrate, everyone is welcome.”
Entertainment continues through Sunday evening with Nathan Carter showband in the Tara Suite from 7pm at Leeds Irish Centre.
Irish folk rockers Clannad are to perform with support from Brian Kennedy at Leeds Town Hall on March 19.
For details visit: www.irishhistorymonth.com. The committee is also looking for volunteers for next year. The events are supported by the Irish Arts Foundation, Leeds City Council and the Irish Government.