On St Patrick’s Day (17 March) the annual Belfast parade, organised by Beat Carnival, will snake its way through the city centre – a colourful pageant of costumes, music, dance, circus and theatrical performances.
The theme of this year’s parade is ‘Voices of Belfast’ and it will celebrate Belfast’s vibrant musical heritage including folk, disco, punk and electronic.
The parade will leave City Hall at 1.30pm on Friday 17 March, through Chichester Street, Victoria Street, High Street, Castle Place, Donegall Place and back to City Hall.
The ‘Voices of Belfast’ cavalcade will be a colourful picture of our rich musical life. Sounds of ancient horns will lead the parade, followed by lively trad from our folk and percussion community. Of course there will be some disco for dancing on the street and there’ll also be a punk choir. Ending the parade, the DJ will be mixing it up on the techno float with dance club beats and Asian grooves, and there’ll be the skirl of pipes and drums in the air as Belfast welcomes over 150 world-wide members of the Lions Clubs International to the city.