St Patrick’s Day celebrations In Nottingham

St Patrick's Day 3Hundreds of locals took part in celebrations as the St Patrick’s Day parade descended upon the city centre.

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Nottingham was a sea of green as St Patrick’s Day parade made its way through the city.

Gingers beards, green top hats and pints of Guinness were in evidence as revellers marched down Mansfield Road and into Market Square.

The parade almost doubled in size from last year and ended with acts performing to a 5,000 strong crowd in the square.

Now in it’s 15th year, the parade is only getting bigger and better with the events beginning as early as 11am and contiunung long into the night.

Grandfather Joe Hickey dressed as the Irish patron saint for the third running to mark the celebrations.

The 81-year-old from Bestwood Park said: “St Patrick’s Day is a great way for the Irish and anybody who likes Irish culture to get together. People put a lot of effort in to help us to enjoy it.”

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Among the parade floats containing Irish musicians, there was a nun playing a motorised keyboard and musical chefs.

Pupils from the city’s Catholic primary and secondary schools also joined in with the festivities, including a marching band of students from Trinity School in Aspley.

Bar and pubs across the city also enjoyed the celebrations with plenty of punters quenching their thirst in true Irish style.

O’Neill’s Irish pub manager George Huntingdon said: “St Patrick’s Day is always one of our best days for business as you can imagine. We welcome everyone to get involved whether they are Irish or not. The more the merrier!”

In Market Square local organisations ran stalls selling shamrocks, Irish novelties and food which went down a treat with revellers.

Stallholder Dawn Field, 59, said: “It’s great to see so many people coming down and embracing the Irish spirit. I’m only a quarter Irish myself but it’s been family tradition ever since I was little to celebrate.”

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