Belfast will be transformed into a sea of colour on March 17 as the annual St Patrick’s Day parade makes its way through the city centre.
This year even more people get to enjoy the spectacle as the parade takes an extended route from City Hall to the concert venue at Custom House Square.
The new route offers more space to enjoy the wonderful eye catching floats as they travel along Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, Bridge Street and High Street before arriving at Custom House Square where the annual concert headlined by X Factor 2014 winner, Ben Haenow, begins at 12.45pm.
As well as Ben Haenow the popular free music event will feature former Westlife member, Brian McFadden, local singer Triona Carville who has supported Joan Armatrading in Dublin, traditional band Altagore, Innova Irish Dancers and the Belfast Boys Model Drummers.
Lord Mayor, Arder Carson, said: “This year’s spectacular carnival parade, produced by Beat Carnival, celebrates the colour, character and diversity that is Belfast. Featuring dancers, musicians, floats and performers the parade will travel through the heart of the city centre.
“Come and view it from Donegall Place and Royal Avenue as it makes its way to Custom House Square in time for the start of the concert.
“Community groups from across the city are taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade which will be an eye catching carnival to attract thousands of locals and visitors alike so I hope everyone will take up the invitation and have a great time,” added the Lord Mayor.
The parade includes a gigantic snake, bands, dancers, and large puppets.The Lord Mayor will be leading the parade, which leaves City Hall at 12 noon, directly to the concert site at Custom House Square so followers can continue to enjoy the music and fun atmosphere.
The concert runs from 12.45pm-3pm and offers music and dance to get your toes tapping whatever your age. Entry to the concert is on a first come first served basis.
source : belfastlive