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St Patrick’s Eve Concert and St Patrick's Day Parade – Traffic Advisory Notice

Date: 14 Mar 2022


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On Wednesday 16 March, an evening St Patrick’s Concert will take place at Custom House Square from 5pm-9pm (Site opens 4.30pm). This is a free but ticketed event and all tickets for this event are now fully allocated.

Extreme caution should be exercised when driving in and around the area of Custom House Square, Queen’s Square and Victoria Street areas due to the large volume of pedestrians attending the free concert. 

Please note there is no designated city centre parking for the St Patrick's evening concert. 

Due to the Challenge Cup Final ‘Belfast Giants v Cardiff Devils’ on 16 March in the SSE Arena, attendees to the evening concert in Custom House Square are advised not to park at the Odyssey, and are encouraged to use other car parks near Custom House Square i.e. the NCP Belfast City Quays Car Park on Donegall Quay. 

Traffic restrictions and diversions will operate in Belfast City Centre as the annual St Patrick’s Day Carnival Parade Pageant takes place on Thursday 17 March. 

On street parking, including blue badge spaces will be suspended 6am to 2.30pm along Upper Arthur Street, Donegall Place, High Street, Bridge Street and Donegall Street to accommodate the parade and spectators. 

Motorists can expect some disruption along the parade route with rolling diversions in place from 12.30pm through to 2.30pm on roads and streets that intersect with the route. 

The carnival pageant will leave Belfast City Hall at 1pm and travel down Donegall Place, turn right into Castle place, then High Street, left into Bridge Street, Waring Street and finishing on Donegall Street close to Writers Square. 

Please note there is no designated city centre parking for the St Patrick's carnival parade (17 March). 

For more information on city centre car parks, please visit www.belfastcentre.com/city-centre-parking-and-access  

Drivers should also be aware that the SPAR Craic 10K event will see up to 2,500 runners leaving Belfast City Hall at 9am on St Patrick’s Day, Thursday 17 March. The race will take a route through the city centre before crossing the finish line at Ormeau Park. A Traffic Management plan and signage will be in place and motorists should follow directions of police, any signage and exercise caution along the route.  Delays or diversions can be expected. For more information go to www.aisling-events.com

We encourage attendees to utilise public transport if attending any of these events.

Translink Metro and Ulsterbus will operate a holiday timetable throughout the day including revised frequencies on some services and NIRailways will operate a Saturday timetable.

All services are subject to diversions and delays between 12noon-4pm on St Patrick's Day.  Please leave additional time for your journey and visit www.translink.co.uk or follow @Translink_NI #BelfastStPats for the latest travel updates.

For further information on Belfast City Council’s St Patrick’s eve Concert on 16 March or the Parade pageant on 17 March and other events around the city, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stpatricks

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