Irish eyes will definitely be smiling in Leeds this weekend when the city stages its annual St Patrick’s Day parade.
The event will take place on Sunday, with a colourful convoy of floats starting out from Millennium Square at 11am.
We are really looking forward to this year’s Leeds St Patrick’s Day parade, which as always will be providing an action-packed day of fantastic entertainment and colour for all the family to enjoy!
Revellers will follow a route around the city centre before returning to Millennium Square just after midday.
Former Leeds United manager and Republic of Ireland international David O’Leary will set the parade on its way.
VIP guests will also include the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun David Congreve, and Natalie Marie Quinn, the reigning Mrs Ireland.
Music, dancing and other entertainment will be running in Millennium Square from 10.30am to 4pm as part of the celebrations, which are co-funded by Leeds City Council.
Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “We are really looking forward to this year’s Leeds St Patrick’s Day parade, which as always will be providing an action-packed day of fantastic entertainment and colour for all the family to enjoy!
“The floats which form part of the parade are always a must-see and this will be followed with a number of performers taking to the stage throughout the afternoon on Millennium Square and entertaining the crowd with traditional Irish music and dance.”
Leeds is estimated to have about 15,000 residents who can trace their heritage back to Ireland.
Many of their ancestors fled their homeland during the potato famine of the 1840s, settling in areas including Richmond Hill, East End Park and Osmondthorpe.
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.