Multiple celebrations planned for St Patrick’s Day

Irish dancers perform on Tourism Ireland's "greener" dance floor, a pop-up kinetic dance floor on London's South Bank to celebrate St. Patrick's Day last year.

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St. Patrick's Day weekend celebrations are already being planned with parades, processions and special masses.

Father John Moloney of the Brothers of St John will give a special blessing and distribute the shamrock at St Patrick's Church in Soho on Sunday 17 March, followed by a liturgical mass at noon on Monday 18 March.

The Council of Irish Counties Associations are expected to be at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kilburn for the St Patrick's Day festive mass on Saturday 16 March at 6pm, which will be led by their newly appointed priest, the P. Tom Devereux. A procession will follow, which will include flying the flag of Ireland, the flag of the County Party of Ireland and the banner of St Patrick.

Festivities will take place all weekend at the Mazenod Social Club and Community Center at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, including traditional Irish food and music in the hall on Sunday and a ticketed performance The standard bearers.

This year marks the 21st year of the Mayor of London's annual St. Patrick's Day festivities. More than 50,000 people are expected to attend the parade on Sunday, March 17, which will begin in Trafalgar Square and end in Whitehall.

Irish activist and drag queen Rory O'Neill, under the stage name Panti Bliss, will perform as Grand Marshal. Having experienced hostility following her speech about homophobia in Ireland at the Abbey Theater in Dublin, her presence aims to exemplify the diversity of London's Irish community and showcase contemporary Irish culture.

The procession "celebrates the contribution of Irish communities in London" and will "showcase a diverse program of Irish arts and culture", the chief executive of the London Irish Center said. Séamus MacCormaic. Celebrations will include Irish brass bands, performances by the Celtic Youth Orchestra and traditional Irish dancing.

For information on tickets to musical festivities at the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kilburn, please contact the church directly.

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