This year’s Luton St Patrick’s Festival, running from Tuesday 12th to Saturday 17th of March, is the 20th Festival and organiser Luton Irish Forum (LIF) says it’s shaping up to be the best yet!

The fun starts with an Afternoon Social in the Celtic Club on Tuesday 12th March including a traditional Irish meal of cabbage and bacon and music by Eamon’s Country Sounds.

The following evening, Wednesday 13th, current and former pupils, teachers of Cardinal Newman School, and their families, will be performing at a 50th Anniversary concert in Luton Library Theatre. The Library Theatre is also the venue on Saturday 16th for two showings of the comedy drama ‘Turning Mammy’ from Cliffoney Dramatic Society in Co. Sligo, the drama group which was extremely popular at last year’s Festival.

Sunday 17th is the big parade and music day with lots of entertainment – and it’s all free! Our biggest and most colourful parade yet will leave Luton Irish Forum in Hitchin Road at 11am and head for the town centre, finishing in Market Hill. As well as live entertainment along the parade route, the Festival has great headline acts on The Market Hill stage including Rigs & Jeels (a toe-tapping young band with multi award-winning Irish dancers), Matthew O’Donnell (talented country music artist and his band) and The Kings of Connaught (described as ‘the bright young things of Irish folk and ballad’). The Irish market and family area will feature a stilt walker, bubbleologist, face painting and glitter, games and craft tent and famous Irish characters. The Mall Stage inside the shopping centre (at Smith’s Square, outside M&S) will features superb singers and musicians plus a school choir and award-winners from several Irish dancing schools around the area will be showing off their fancy footwork.

It’s still not too late to promote your group or company by joining the parade, get in touch with Luton Irish Forum now. For full listings, click on the St Patrick’s Festival poster at or phone 01582 720447.