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The parade begins at Green Park at 12pm and goes through central London to Trafalgar Square.

Anyone who wants to join in along with the Donegal Parade as a walker can do so. You will have to meet us at 11am at green park.

Slim Shadey will be the MC/DJ on board the Donegal Float. Accompanying him will be a selection of talented Traditional musicians and the brilliant Celtic Rainbow irish dancers!

Wrap up warm in all the green and gold and prepare for a fun day for all!

The St. Patrick's Day Parade has marching bands and groups representing the Irish Counties. There is also plenty of street theater around the streets of central London for a fun family day out.

St. Patrick's Day London Festival:

2013 Date: Sunday 17 March 2013
Time: 12 noon - 6pm
Location: Trafalgar Square

The St. Patrick's Day London Festival is a free family day to experience all things Irish with the best of traditional and contemporary Irish music and dance being showcased on stage.

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.

 


Kilcar man Rory Gallagher, former front man of "The Revs" now residing in Lanzarote has become an internet sensation with his song for the Donegal team – accompanied by Senegal Jimmy on a beach in Lanzarote.

More than 100,000 people have now watched it on YouTube – making it one of the biggest Donegal hits ever.

And thankfully for Rory it’s also being download on iTunes….and heading for No1 in the charts.

Tonight Rory told us from Lanzarote: “The reaction has been incredible. It is in the Irish iTunes rock chart, it’s looking good for number 1 in the rock charts in a few days!

“That should then help it cross over into the overall irish top 40 ..just in time for the Cork match.. boom!”

It's the first time in 60 years since Donegal have got into the final, in which they have improved beyond

recognition since McGuinness was appointed manager in the autumn of 2010. They've put Ulster titles

back-to-back for the first time in their history, and have adopted a defensive system which very few teams

are capable of breaking down and are arguably the fittest and most driven team in the GAA. Their mission is

to capture Sam and they won't rest until that is accomplished...!

"Up Donegal!"

 

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