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Michael Flatley will lead St Patrick’s Day 2014 London celebrations

Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square last year for the St Patrick's Day celebrations. (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)
Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square last year for the St Patrick's Day celebrations. (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)

Monday, March 10, 2014
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Revellers watch the St Patrick's day parade and festival in Trafalgar Square last yearRevellers watch the St Patrick's day parade and festival in Trafalgar Square last year

An annual parade through the streets of the capital will be led by Michael Flatley and complemented by a film festival, comedy, live music and the best of Ireland’s food and drink.

People are encouraged to line the streets from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square at midday to cheer on the procession, now in its 13th year.

The 2014 theme is World of Dance, which will celebrate the rich heritage of performing arts in Ireland.

The parade of floats will travel a 1.5 mile route past some of London’s most iconic landmarks, including The Ritz, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and on to Whitehall.

London24 will be at St Patrick’s Day asking people to tweet us their pictures from the day. The best ones will appear on the huge screens at the event and in our hall of fame on London24.

London Irish sports clubs, dance schools, marching bands and community organisations will be out in force, joined by arts company Emergency Exit Arts, who are bringing a five metre high St Patrick and a huge firebird breathing a fountain of sparks.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson told London24: “London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and we pride ourselves on being home to a huge number of different communities, cultures and ethnicities, one of the biggest being the London Irish who for many generations have made an enormous contribution to our city.

“Not only have they enriched our culture with their wit, they have brought their intellect and imagination to our professions, and created wealth and employment – all vital assets for London’s prosperity.

Are you going to St Patrick’s Day in London? Tweet your pictures @London24 to appear on the huge screens at the event and in our hall of fame.

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