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St Patrick’s Day parade and concert

Date: 17 Mar 2018
Time: 11.30am – 4pm
Venue: City Centre and Custom House Square

Belfast will mark St Patrick’s Day, celebrating the theme of Global Belfast, with a carnival parade and free concert on Saturday 17 March 2018.


The streets will be awash with colour from 11.30am and will follow a new route this year.

The parade will leave from Royal Avenue, travelling through Castle Junction and along Donegall Place before snaking its way around Belfast City Hall, and then returning along the same route again, finishing at Royal Avenue.

Community groups from across our cultural spectrum will be taking part in the parade alongside professional and amateur performers, costumed characters, musicians and dancers.

You can download and print a copy of the carnival parade route map from our documents section.

Free concert

Visitors can make their way to Custom House Square to enjoy the annual concert, hosted by Q Radio presenters Gareth Stewart and Eoghan Quigg, from 1.30pm, featuring local musicians and dancers, along with special guest appearances.

Headlining this year’s concert will be Aston Merrygold, former JLS Member and Strictly Come Dancing Star, Aston is sure to blow you away with not just his voice but his incredible dance moves.

Offering a magnificent high energy performance SlideStep, an award-winning modern Irish dancing group with cutting edge contemporary movement, will show you a whole new style of Irish dance. Festival Irish Dancing School Tir Na n-Og recent winners of NI Seniors Team title for the fifth year running, will take to the stage with a heart stopping performance. 

Local musicians also performing on the day include:

Access to the concert is free and entry is on a first come first served basis (no ticket required). Terms and conditions of entry apply. Gates will open at 1.15pm and under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Come to Belfast for its fantastic St Patrick’s Day celebrations, get your hands clapping and feet tapping!

For more information on the event, please contact the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

Traffic notice

For anyone travelling to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade and concert, please check our traffic notice. Full details of road closures have been included.



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St Patrick's Day