A DAY not to forget has been promised by the organisers of this year's Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade.
They want a family festival feel to next Sunday's event.
Five bands, including two from Ireland, will feature in the sixth annual parade, which last year attracted 5,000 people.
The St John's Pipers from County Kerry - famous for playing at the Rose of Tralee Festival and celebrating their 40th anniversary - will lead the procession, which starts from Huddersfield Irish Centre in Fitzwilliam Street at 1pm.
And the Ballyshannon Ceili Group from County Donegal will bring up the rear.
They will be supported by the Brother Walfrid Greyfriars flute band, from Nottingham, and local groups the Celtic Duo and Rag Muffin.
Parade secretary John McLoughlin said 10 decorated floats, each showing a different aspect of Irish life, would join the procession.
There will also be majorettes, Irish dancers, traditional and modern music, street entertainers, leprechauns, a `Molly Malone', walking Guinness glasses and Irish fare.
The parade will go from the Irish Centre, down Fitzwilliam Street, along John William Street and New Street, up Cloth Hall Street, down Market Street, up Westgate and along Castlegate.
It will then go down Market Street, along Railway Street, along John William Street and up Fitzwilliam Street back to the Irish Centre.
The two Irish bands will be on stage at the centre for the Parade Eve Concert at 8.30pm next Saturday.
For more details about the concert or parade phone 01484 420140 or visit www.theparadeonline.org