Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland leads way as St Patrick's Day party goes global

The world is celebrating St Patrick’s Day - and there are plenty of events happening across Northern Ireland to mark the big day.

Parade and Concert, Belfast

Community groups from across Belfast join professional and amateur performers in a parade from City Hall at noon for a concert at Custom House Square.

Spring Carnival, Londonderry

Starts at Guildhall at 1pm with concerts and storytelling.

Festival, Downpatrick

Celebrations began at 9.30am at the St Patrick Centre, with events all day, including a concert from 1pm-5pm and parade at 2.30pm.

Shamrock Shenanigans, Springhill House, Derry

Free entry for anyone who can prove they are called Patrick. There is a children’s shamrock trail and craft activities.

Slippery Feast at Patterson's Spade Mill, Templepatrick

A traditional family day out with Irish dancing, music and craft stalls with a stroll around the Jacobite camp complete with horses, cannons and muskets. The mill was open from noon.

Enniskillen Castle

From 1pm, attractions include a vintage steam engine and archaelogical digs.

Water Parade, Enniskillen

The world’s only St Patrick’s Day Water Parade started at 2pm when the patron saint arrives by seaplane at Broadmeadow. Bands and activities from 1pm for children — and wakeboarding leprechauns.

Slemish, Broughshane

Learn about St Patrick and his legacy. Coaches depart from Buckna, Broughshane and Ecos Centre, Ballymena at 9am, and entertainment at Ecos Centre from noon.

The American Wake at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Relive the moment when thousands of people left Ireland for America in the 1700s and 1800s.

Performances at 12pm and 2pm.

Solitude Park, Banbridge

Musical celebrations From 1.30pm-4pm. Admission is free.

St Patrick’s Day Walk, Castle Ward

This annual walk through St Patrick’s country includes a mixture of quiet country roads and green lanes. Registration at 10am. Entry to house and grounds will be free on Saturday.

The Old Bushmills Distillery

Join in the celebrations at the 1608 bar, with live music from 2pm by Joker’s Wild.

Anuna St Patrick’s, Armagh

The Anuna choir will perform at the CofI cathedral from 8pm on Sunday, March 18. Tickets £15.

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