Published date 18 March 2024

Regional Mayor “feeling lucky” as St Patrick’s day parade returns to Bristol

St Patrick's Day Parade in Bristol

Bristol turned green yesterday (Sunday) as the city’s annual St Patrick's Day Parade took over with a day full of festivities, and organisers said it’s the biggest one yet. Regional Mayor, Dan Norris, whose West of England Mayoral Combined Authority has supported this year’s festival via a £10,000 grant - says he’s “feeling lucky” to be a parade leader this year.

He joined Lord Mayor Paula O’Rourke in leading the green and gold coloured parade starting outside M Shed (at 1pm BS1 4RN) before finishing with a huge party in and around St Nicholas Street. The "big celebration" featured music and dance from local talent including traditional Irish folk music. Entrance to the event was free of charge, and there were refreshment stalls, activities for kids and two bars serving celebratory pints of Guinness, and Irish Whiskey.

Dan Norris, West of England Mayor, said he was pleased the parade was once again taking place at "the spiritual home of the Irish in the West" - Bristol.

The city has a long history of Irish links and Bristolians are even entitled to live in Dublin thanks to a charter penned in 1171 by King Henry II - which has never been revoked. Bristol was also the first place in England to receive Guinness direct from Ireland's capital.

Mayor Dan Norris said: “The ties that bind Ireland and Bristol are deeply embedded in our communities. It’s a relationship that – literally – goes back 1,000 years!

“I’m proud my West of England Mayoral Combined Authority is supporting this vital festival celebrating Irish culture and heritage, and our region’s Irish communities too. I have to say I’m ‘feeling lucky’ that I’ll get to play a part in it as a parade leader too.

“My thanks to Lord Mayor O’Rourke and the brilliant W.E. Irish for organising this festival – set to be the biggest one yet!"

The parade is part of celebrations taking place across the West of England to celebrate Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.

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