CELEBRATIONS to mark St Patrick’s Day are taking place this weekend in Leeds and across the UK
In Leeds the highlight will be the Irish Day parade at Millennium Square. from 10.30am on Sunday, which attracts thousands of visitors from across the north and Ireland.
Special guest is former Leeds United footballer Johnny Giles, who comes from Dublin, who will open the parade. Floats from Millennium Square around the city.
The extended Irish population in the Leeds area is estimated to be around 25,000 people.
Edward Lavelle, committee member of the St Patrick’s Day Parade, said: “We have a great Irish population here in Leeds Planning is going well for Sunday, we are expecting several thousand people to turn up. There will be around seven floats, Irish dancing and of course special guest Johnny Giles, the former Leeds United player.”
Giles moved to Leeds in 1963 where he played in midfield alongside skipper Billy Bremner. The duo went on to form a central midfield partnership which was one of the best in English club football. He was a fans’ favourite.
Mr Lavelle said the Duettes are playing. The event has been held in Leeds since 1999 and in other parts of England for 45 years.
Mr Lavelle added: There has been some kind of celebration in Leeds to mark St Patrick’s Day for decades now.
Lots of other traditional events are taking place across the city at Leeds Irish Centre, York Road, including dance, music and entertainment. Irish History month is also being celebrated.
The route will leave Millennium Square, go onto Park Row, Boar Lane, Vicar lane and The Headrow.
More details at www.leedsgoingirish.co.uk.