HUDDERSFIELD will be awash with green this weekend.

Thousands of people will be in the town centre for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday.

The highly popular procession starts from the Irish Centre on Fitzwilliam Street at 1pm, but supporters are invited to join in the fun at the pre-parade festival from 11am at Market Place.

The celebrations feature live bands and entertainment including street dancers, a DJ, Irish dancers, children’s rides and games.

The parade ends back at the Irish Centre where the music and entertainment carries on into the night.

The procession will be led by the Limerick City Pipe and Drum Band, and the Kinsealy Ceili band will play on one of the 10 floats.

Other attractions on in the parade include a rock band, a samba band, local majorettes, traditional and modern music, compere and disco, street entertainers, face painting – and leprechauns.

This is the 9th procession in Huddersfield.

Parade Secretary John McLoughlin said: “The parade is still very popular and we attract about 5,000 people every year, either participating or those who just come along to watch.”

The event is run on a voluntary basis and relies on the goodwill of the committee. It is funded by donations, grants, sponsorship, fundraising events and merchandise.

Mr McLoughlin added: “The day is a family event for the Irish community and the other people of Huddersfield and celebrates Irish culture in the town. Anyone is welcome to join in and enjoy the day.”

There will be a concert on Saturday evening at the Irish Centre starting at 8:30pm.

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