We are promised sunshine on Parade Day Sunday 12 March 2023 - Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade will go ahead as planned. We're looking forward to seeing everyone again!
The parade will begin at 11.00am and due to clearance of road works on Cookridge Street over the last few days, the walking section will set off from Cookridge Street and ribbon cutting will take place outside Leeds City Museum as last year.
As last year, floats will head off from Great George Street to follow the walkers. The parade then travels through Leeds City Centre on circular route returning to the square at 12.00. Festivities will continue with a programme of live music and dance on Millennium Square until 4.00pm.
This year we are honoured to be joined by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Robert Gettings MBE JP and Lady Mayoress Councillor Lesley Gettings, Lord Jonathan Caine, Orla McBreen from the Embassy of Ireland. Leeds Rhino's Chief Executive Gary Hetherington will cut the ribbon to open the parade.
The parade will include colourful floats on wagons generously donated by our sponsors. Primary Schools creating floats are: St Pauls and Christ the King, St Theresa's, St Nicholas, St Urban's.
We thank our float providers Moortown Construction, Plantforce, Duffy, Rouse and Durkan.
Organisations on floats are Leeds Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, JFK GAA, Joyce O'Donnell Dancers, Leeds Irish Health and Homes. There will also tractors to cheer on too.
Walking displays in the parade will be Leeds Ukrainians, Helen Rowland Dancers, Corpus Christi Primary School, St Francis Morley Primary School, Ladies and Mens Irish Golfers, The Mayo Association, St Aelred's Dancers, Hugh O'Neills GAA.
There will be music from the City of Leeds Pipe Band, Huddersfield Brass Band and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Pipe Band.
For the afternoon Millennium Square will be filled with music and dance, with performances from the musicians of Leeds Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, Helen Rowland Academy of Irish Dance, Joyce O'Donnells Dancers, Leeds University Union Dancers, the Leeds Irish Choir, Strangers in Trainers, and of course with Tommy K the DJ.
We will also be joined on Millennium Square by local charity Is Mise Cara Brain Disease Foundation
We will be keeping you refreshed and sustained with a variety of food stalls and a bar on Millennium Square.
Come and join us for a family day out where you can share a drink at the bar, catch up with friends and family, and enjoy some treats from the food stalls too.