St Patrick's Festival
The St Patrick’s Festival, which celebrates the patron saint of Ireland is held on the weekend of, or nearest to the 17th March.
The festival is organised by Luton Irish Forum with a team of volunteers and the St Patrick’s Festival Parade, which falls on the nearest Sunday, attracts thousands of spectators.
First held in Luton in 2000, the parade and other events have become one of the leading attractions of the Luton cultural calendar bringing Irish music, dance and drama to the streets and entertainment venues of Luton.
The festival showcases the very best of Irish music, song and dance featuring artists and groups from both sides of the Irish Sea – many of them champions of their craft.
Watch this space for details about 2021.
Luton St Patrick’s Festival promotes Irish heritage through the following elements:
- St Patrick’s Brochure
- School Workshops
- Community Events at a Day Centre and Bedford HMPS
- Choir rehearsals for Sean O’Riada Irish sung Masses
- Sean O’Riada Irish (sung) Mass
- St Patrick’s Day Celebration
- Parade Day
- Irish Comedy Drama with Matinee and Evening Performances.
In 2020, we also organised:
- A Pre-Festival craft stall in Luton Mall
- Event to celebrate “World Social Work Day” in partnership with the University Of Bedfordshire.