St Patrick’s Day parade turns Manchester Green

Manchester’s Irish community was out in force on Sunday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Not ones to be perturbed by the overcast weather, the 25th annual parade made its way from the Irish World Heritage Centre in Cheetham Hill to Albert Square in the city centre where thousands of people took part in the event.

The day began with a service in Gaelic at the World Heritage Centre before the parade marched down Cheetham Hill Road dancing to the beat of drums in to town where it passed New Bridge Street, Great Ducie Street and Chapel Street.

Fairground rides, Irish-themed market stalls and the huge O’Brien’s Festival Tent were waiting to greet revellers in Albert square where music and food added to the lively atmosphere that was awash with green hats, hair and even beards.

TNT News Siobhan White

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