Nottingham celebrates St Patrick’s Day

Old Market Square, in the heart of Nottingham, has hosted an afternoon of St Patrick’s Day festivities.

The city holds one of the biggest celebrations in the country on Ireland’s saint day – which kicked off with a parade departing from Forest Recreation Ground at noon.

A number of marching bands accompanied by groups from the city’s Irish community then processed down to Old Market Square.

Image: Residents preparing for the on-stage entertainment

Visitors were then able to enjoy an afternoon chock full of free entertainment for the family.

Live music came courtesy of The Full Sha Bang, the Trinity School Band, and Orioles New Orleans Jazz Band and a host of Irish dancers also took to the Square’s stage.

Image: Oriole Brass Band performing for revellers

People, decked out in green, were also able to sample Irish stew and other traditional cuisine.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said:

The annual St Patrick’s Day parade is a fantastic event which brings so much to our diverse city.

“The generosity of the Irish community in putting on this event for Nottingham is wonderful, and Nottingham City Council is proud to support them.”

Image: An eye-catching float from the parade

Paul Curtis, Chairman of the St Patrick’s Day committee, thinks it’s all about enjoying the ‘craic.’

He said:

The atmosphere here today is one of real joy and great spirit.

“It’s a welcome to everyone no matter what nationality you are.”

Video: Paul Curtis and the magic of St Patrick’s Day

The future of next year’s celebrations are in doubt, however.

With the event costing £25,000 to organise, the St Patrick’s Day festival committee are struggling to amass funds for 2016.

Read more about the celebrations here.

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