Luton Irish Forum is calling on the community to gather together and celebrate Irish culture this week during the town’s annual St Patrick’s Festival.
Now in its 17th year, this year’s festivities take place over the weekend of March 12 and 13, and then on Thursday, March 17 as they showcase Irish music, dance and food and drink. The Festival launches on Saturday night at 8pm with live entertainment at the UK Carnival Arts Centre.
Hosted by Diverse FM’s Jim Carway featuring Maeve Farrell, The Connemaras, The Cunningham Family Dancers and Brooks Academy of Irish Dancing. The launch night will run until midnight and has a cover charge of £3.
The main day is on the Sunday, as the town gears up for the parade.
It starts at 9.30am, as a traditional Gaelic Mass featuring the acclaimed Luton Irish Forum Choir at Our Lady Help of Christians Church.
Nearly straight away afterwards, allowing worshippers to make their way to the main town square, the annual parade led by the Luton Irish Forum Emerald Pipe Band will commence, along with the presentation of shamrock.
This will lead to outdoor entertainment at Markey Hill, as well as indoor entertainment in the nearby mall. Irish Dancing will compliment music by Lee Matthews, The Good, The Bad and the Ginger, John, Joe and Caz Devine and Eugene Teevan. On the day itself, Thursday, there will be free entertainment at Luton Irish Forum hosted by Spectrum Radio’s Gerry Byrne.