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Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade: Everything you need to know

Joining the festivities this weekend? We've got all the information you need

There will be some great craic in Huddersfield town centre this weekend as the St Patrick's Day parade dances its way through town.

The annual event, supported by Kirklees Council and the Irish government, features colourful floats, live music and dancing as it snakes its way through the town centre.

Thousands are expected to watch the parade on Sunday — will you join the festivities?

Here's everything you need to know about Huddersfield's St Patrick's Day Parade

What is it?

Huddersfield's St Patrick's Day Parade has taken place every March since 2001, and attracts hundreds of spectators each year.

Organised by the Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade Association, the procession features colourful floats, live music and dancing.

It is a celebration that reflects on the nation’s legacy over the past one hundred years while manifesting Irish culture’s positive contribution to Huddersfield’s community.

The event is being backed by the Government of Ireland and Kirklees Council and gets under way on Saturday night, at 8.30pm, when The City of Limerick Pipe and Drum band join top country singer Nicky James in the Parade Eve concert at The Irish Centre.

Huddersfield's Irish community unite on the Town centre streets for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.

When is it?

The parade will take place on Sunday March 13 at 1pm .

Before the parade, there will be special Mass at St Patrick's Church at 11am. The floats will assemble in position outside the Irish Centre in Fitzwilliam Street.

At noon there will be a pre-parade festival in the Market Place noon-11.10pm, and from noon there will also be warm-up music outside the Irish Centre and St Patrick's club, with face painting and balloon distribution.

At 12.55 the City of Limerick Pipe and Drum band will la A Nation Once Again before the prade begins at 1pm.

Where does the parade go?

Sunday's St Patrick's Parade will take an hour to make its way through town.

The parade leaves The Irish Centre in Fitzwilliam Street, turns right on John William Street, goes through Market Place, right up Cloth Hall Street, right on Market Street, left on Westgate, left on the ring road, left down High Street, on Market Street to St George's Square and then back on John William Street to Irish Centre.

Here's a map of the route:

At 1.10pm the parade chairman will make a speech at Market Place, and there will be shamrock and rose presentation to the Town Crier.

From 1.45pm-2.15pm, there will be a display of 'Trad, Step, Street and Rock', and at the end of the parade, back at the Irish Centre, the pipe band will play the Irish National Anthem.

Huddersfield's Irish community unite on the Town centre streets for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.

Who's in the parade?

There's floats from Slick Stick Sambastic and University of Huddersfield International Students, The Huddersfield Giants Cheerleaders, a Giants Causeway float, Frumptarn Guggemnamd. the Fidget Feet Street Dancers, a float from the Irish Centre, the Silver Stars Majorettes, the Limerick Pipe and Drum Band and more.

What's happening afterwards?

Afterwards there will be post-parade entertainment at the Irish Centre, with live bands, DJs, dancers, a family disco and Irish music. At 7.30pm there will be an hour long interval where children are requested to leave, before the disco resumes 8.30pm-12.30am.

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