Luton St Patrick’s Festival 2017

Friday 17th March 2017 from 10am – 3pm

Sunday 19th March 2017 from 9.30am – 4pm

 

St Patrick’s Day

  • Begins at 11am and finishes at 3pm on Friday 17th March
  • Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 0ES
  • Hosted by Spectrum Radio’s Gerry Byrne
  • Headlined by The Wilsons Show, John, Joe and Caz Devine and Eugene Teevan and The Finbarr Conway Academy

Spectrum Radio’s Gerry Byrne returns to the stage to host some of the best in Luton’s Irish entertainment this St Patrick’s Day, with performances from The Wilsons Show, John, Joe and Caz Devine and Eugene Teevan and The Finbarr Conway Academy of Dance.

Nicola McLaughlin, Head of the Welfare team at the Luton Irish Forum said: “Last years’ St Patrick’s Day was the best yet. It was the first time we’d thought to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the centre and we had no idea how well it would turn out, but when hundreds of people came out to celebrate, we knew that we had to do it again this year.”

Sean O’Riada Mass

  • Starts at 10am on Friday 17th March
  • At Our Lady Help of Christians Chapel, Luton, LU1 3AG
  • Music by Luton Irish Forum Choir

The festivities begin with the annual Sean O’Riada Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians at 10am with music from the Luton Irish Forum Choir.

John Hutcheson, Luton Irish Forum Choir Coordinator said: “The Sean O’Riada Mass has to be one of my favourite parts of the St Patrick’s Festival – it reminds us about the true meaning of St Patrick’s Day, celebrating the feast in our native language.”

This year the choir will also perform at the 9.30am mass on Sunday 19th March at Our Lady Help of Christians.

St Patrick’s Parade

  • Leaves at 11am sharp on Sunday 19th March
  • Luton Irish Forum, 102 Hitchin Road, Luton, LU2 0ES
  • Walking parade will lead and floats will join the rear of the parade at the Hitchin Road / Brunswick Street Roundabout, proceeding toward the town centre.
  • Comes to an end at Market Hill

For the first time in years, the Luton Irish Forum have negotiated a parade route which will include accessibility for floats, allowing for even more people and features in the St Patrick’s Parade.

Pat Wallace, Head Steward said: “We wanted to start a new tradition, inject some more colour and life into the parade this year. It gives people the opportunity to be creative, putting the focus back on the people who have made the festival what it is – the Irish community in Luton.”

The parade will leave from the Luton Irish Forum and make its way to the town centre passing through Station Road, Mill Street, Guildford Street, Bridge Street, New Bedford Road and Manchester Street continuing through Upper George Street and finishing at Market Hill, where renowned Radio personality Jim Carway of Diverse FM will host the proceedings.

Main Stage

  • Begins at 11.45am and finishes at 4pm on Sunday 19th March
  • Market Hill, LU1 5RD
  • Hosted by Diverse FM’s Jim Carway
  • Headlined by The Mick Flavin Band, Shane Owens and The Biblecode Sundays
  • Selection of Irish Stalls surrounding the stage

The parade comes to an end on Market Hill at 11.45, with speeches from LIF Trustee Siobhan Rooney and The Mayor of Luton, Cllr Tahir Khan, followed by the presentation of Shamrock.

Then the festival kicks off with some entertainment from The Mick Flavin Band, Shane Owens and The Biblecode Sundays.

Shane Owens, Country artist: “I’m looking forward to performing at this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Luton, not only because I’ve missed playing in England, but also because I believe that this is a time to truly showcase and celebrate Irish talent.”

Carlton Hunt, drummer in The Biblecode Sundays: “Last time we performed at the St Patrick’s Festival the weather was horrible, stopping some festival goers from coming out – this year we’re hoping for a bigger turnout and a little more sunshine!”

Indoor Stage

  • Begins at 11am and finishes at 3.30pm on Sunday 19th March
  • The Mall Smith Square Stage, LU1 2HN
  • Headlined by Katy Carr, Melissa Norwood and Murphy Flaherty School of Irish Dance

As Mick Flavin and Shane Owens take to the outside stage, celebrations begin on the indoor stage in The Mall, featuring entertainment from Katy Carr, Melissa Norwood and Murphy Flaherty School of Irish Dance.

We also have entertainment from John, Joe and Caz Devine and Eugene Teevan as well as the Conway and Brooks Academies of Irish Dance.

Noelette Hanley, Chief Officer of Luton Irish Forum said: “No matter the weather on the day, you can always come inside for some quality music and dance in The Mall. Every year the indoor stage draws in a big crowd with performances from some of the best traditional music and dance groups in Luton. This year we have a new addition to the programme, singer-songwriter, Katy Carr. Katy performed at our Ireland 1916: Luton 2016 commemorations and it’s a lovely opportunity to have her sing for us again.”

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Luton St Patrick’s Festival 2017