Londons St Patricks Day Parade


One of London’s liveliest celebrations of the year took place on Sunday 13th March 2010, The London St Patricks day parade. Despite the weather, it attracted over 100,000 people to the city centre.  The parade featured colourful floats and marching bands representing the Irish Counties which included a float from The Donegal Association with Dungloe's  finest; The Carrickmore Marching Band and the Innishowen Carnival Group.

This is the first year that The Donegal Association has entered a float into the parade. It was mainly down to the Inishowen men for making it happen with the assistance of the Glencolmcille crew.  Burnfoot man John McDaid of McDaids Haulage supplied the lorry, Daniel Allen of Muff was behind the wheel, Mark McMonagle of Malin Head and Paul O’Donnell of Kilcar designed the float and Mark Mc Monagle put it all together. David Cannon of Kilcar designed and printed the banners.  The Donegal float showcased Ellie's Irish dancers and Irish Singer Sarah Griffen. They also had the Tir Chonaill Gaels Junior team on board.

The parade started at midday from Green Park then headed to Piccadilly, Haymarket, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.  The parade was led by visiting politcians including Donegal man Pat Doherty of Sinn Fein along with his wife Mary they represented the 6 counties and the newly appointed minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltach affairs Jimmy Deeihan  for the 26 counties .

Trafalgar Square hosted a free programme of live Irish music and dance, compared by TV and Radio personality Patrick Keilty. The music covered both the contemporary and the traditional, with performances from Damien Dempsey, Davit Showband, Laim O’Maonlai of the Hot House Flowers, Beoga & Lumiere with Pauline Scanlon and Eillis Kennedy.  There were food & craft stalls with entertainment and face painting for the children.