Belfast Telegraph

Vibrant parade and concert to celebrate city

By Rebecca Black

Belfast's main St Patrick's Day parade will start from City Hall at noon with the theme 'Uptown Funk'.

Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said the parade will celebrate the character and diversity of the city and its people.

It will make its way along Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, Bridge Street and High Street before arriving at Custom House Square, where the annual free concert, headlined by X Factor's Fleur East, will begin at 12.45pm.

Mr Kingston said: "The celebration promises to be bigger, more vibrant and more extraordinary than before, with participants from community groups from all over Belfast performing, accompanied by the impressive Glassdrumman, Cloughfin and Major Sinclair Memorial pipe bands." Also performing at Custom House Square will be former X Factor R&B duo Reggie 'n' Bollie, London girl group Stooshe, the talented Belfast Boys' Model Drummers and uptempo traditional band The Rare Aul Stuff.

Cool FM's breakfast team of Pete Snodden, Rebecca McKinney and Paulo Ross will compere the concert.

Entry is on a first come, first served basis, with alcohol strictly forbidden.

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