Belfast celebrates St. Patrick`s Day
18 February 2008
Belfast City Council once again is inviting people from all over the city – and beyond – to join in the fun of this year`s St. Patrick`s Day celebrations.
For the third successive year, the Council has organised a spectacular carnival procession and free concert, featuring former Sugababe, Mutya Buena, on Monday 17 March.
The carnival procession, featuring 500 participants from all corners of Belfast, will leave the City Hall at 12 noon.
“Taking `The Shamrock And The Storm` as its theme, the parade will involve young people, senior citizens and community groups from all over Belfast, making this year`s event once again truly representative of the diverse make-up of our city,” commented the Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers.
Eileen Branagh, Project Manager with The Beat, who are organizing the carnival parade on behalf of Belfast City Council, said that she was extremely pleased with the large number of groups who would be taking part this year.
“There is more diversity than in previous years and we feel that it is truly becoming an inclusive Carnival event. We are looking forward to seeing all the participants making their way through the city centre with their self-made carnival props including shamrocks, thunder clouds and rainbows,” she said.
The carnival will make its way along Donegall Place to Castle Junction into Castle Place, then along High Street, Victoria Street and Victoria Square, into Custom House Square.
The main concert, once again compered by Pete Snodden of Cool FM, will start at 1pm. The first half of the bill will feature traditional Irish and Ulster-Scots performers, including Nae Goat`s Toe and Four Men and a Dog.
The headline pop act will be Mutya Buena, a founding member of the multi-million selling Sugababes, who has now embarked on a successful solo career.
With a capacity of around 5,000, admission to Custom House Square is free, but entrance will be on a strictly `first-come-first-served` basis. Please note that no alcohol will be sold or permitted on the site.
Standard Belfast City Council terms and conditions apply. For further information on the concert, or how to become involved in the carnival parade, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events or call (028) 9027 0516.
Belfast City Council also has funded a wide variety of community groups across the city, to help people celebrate St. Patrick`s Day in their own neighbourhoods.
Almost 100 organisations have received a share of £30,000 in grant aid from the council`s Good Relations Fund.
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