Belfast gets ready to enjoy a super St Patrick’s Day

Make it a day to remember as Belfast gets ready to enjoy a super St Patrick’s Day

Starting early at 6am, St George’s Market will be open as normal until 3pm on St Patrick’s Day. Pop along and enjoy traditional Irish music before you head off for the Carnival Parade. Find out more about what’s happening all this weekend in the market at

Also in the morning the SPAR Craic 10K event will see more than 1,000 runners leaving Belfast City Hall at 9am on St Patrick’s Day, Friday 17 March, taking in both sides of the River Lagan before finishing on the Titanic Slipways. More at

The main event in the city will be the St Patrick’s Day carnival parade and free concert.
The streets will be awash with colour from 12 noon as the parade leaves Belfast City Hall snaking its way through the heart of the city to Custom House Square where the annual concert will start at 12.45pm sharp.

The carnival procession will leave the City Hall then makes its way into 

  • Donegall Square North
  • then along Donegall Place and Royal Avenue
  • turning right onto Donegall Street
  • right onto Waring Street
  • left onto Bridge Street
  • left again onto High Street, crossing Victoria Street 
  • and entering Custom House Square at approximately 12.50pm.

Community groups from across Belfast’s cultural spectrum will take part in this year’s Belfast themed parade, alongside professional and amateur performers, costumed characters, musicians and dancers.

This year’s concert line-up will include fantastic artists:

  • headline act, X Factor runner-up, Fleur East
  • supporting acts will include Reggie ‘n’ Bollie and Stooshe
  • there’ll be drumming talent from the local Belfast Boys’ Model
  • traditional tunes from band The Rare Aul Stuff.

Entry to the concert will be on a first come, first served basis and tickets are not required. Gates will open at 12.15pm.

Also on St Patrick’s night, and on a totally non St Patrick’s theme, Thriller LIVE is on at the Waterfront. If you’re a Michael Jackson fan this will be a great night out! More at

Have a great day!

Post Author: Belfast Times

1 thought on “Belfast gets ready to enjoy a super St Patrick’s Day


    (March 17, 2017 - 5:25 pm)

    Belfast carnival(can’t call it a carnival, parade maybe) was extremely disappointing. Took ages to start and when it did OMG what was the point!! Lifeless people just walking and the bands looked like they clearly didn’t want to be there. It embarrassing that this was allowed to happen, they would have been better not bothering. And to think main land England put on better St. Patrick day carnivals. Maybe there should be a lot of thought that goes into future carnivals here rather than wasting the money on crap!!!

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