A great big thanks to all those who joined us at Leicester’s second Saint Patricks Day Parade!
Following the success of last years Leicester St Patrick’s Day parade we couldn’t wait to get started on the 2011 parade. After much hard work by all the team, Leicester’s second St Patrick’s Day parade was a huge success. The parade is an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful cultures, traditions and talents that the we, the Irish, brought with us when we made Leicester our adopted home.
This year we began our celebrations with a service at Leicester Cathedral.
The service focused on the promotion of peace throughout the world. We were honoured to have Trevor Williams as our guest key note speaker, Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe. We also featured music from the Leicester branch of Comhaltas (see the Comhaltas web page on this site to find out more about them) and The Coping with Cancer choir ‘ Rhythm of Life, and a poem from Paul Cusack.
After the service, the parade gathered at the back of the cathedral on Guildhall Lane and headed off at midday, we finished up at Humberstone Gate. This years parade was be led by the Birmingham Irish Pipe & Drum band followed by 3 Irish Wolfhounds from the Irish Wolfhound Association. Throughout the day community and dance groups entertained the crowds to great effect.
We think it was the biggest and brightest parade the city has seen so far and we hope everyone enjoyed a brilliant day, we’re already planning and thinking about the next one, so watch this space. Once again, thanks to everyone who took part and to the good people of Leicester who supported us.