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St Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular dates in the events calendar and this year’s Luton Irish Forums’ St Patrick’s Festival promises to be spectacular.

Taking place on Sunday 17th March, there will be a parade from 11am and The Mall will be welcoming live entertainment to the shopping centre on The Mall stage located in Smith’s Square.

A total of ten acts will be taking to the shopping centre stage, including local Irish dancing schools and Luton’s new Irish band Tea and Spuds.

To kick-start celebrations for St Patrick’s Day, The Mall has teamed up with local companies – EMT Events Management, Inspire Craft and Zig Zag Decorations to host arts and crafts on Saturday 16th March. Families are invited to come down to The Mall and pose for a picture in front of the shopping centre’s selfie mirror. Little shoppers can then get messy decorating their Polaroid image with Irish themed arts and crafts. The event will also see children have the chance to decorate balloons, ready for the Festival the next day. The arts and crafts workshops will take place in Central Square from 12pm to 5pm and although the event is free, The Mall will be asking for a small contribution to go towards their Charity of the Year – Luton Foodbank.

Lavinia Douglass, Marketing Manager at The Mall Luton, commented: “We’re delighted to be the main sponsor of Luton’s St Patrick’s Festival and can’t wait to welcome all the acts to The Mall’s stage, who’ll be entertaining our shoppers throughout the day!”

Parade – Sunday 17th March
Leaving Luton Irish Forum at 11:00am

The Mall Stage
From 11:00am – Gerry Byrne – MC
11:00am – Tea & Spuds
11:30am – Murphy Flaherty School of Irish Dancing
12:00pm – The Tiersha Academy of Irish Dancing
12:25pm – The Wilsons Show
12:55pm – The Walshe Academy of Irish Dancing
1:20pm – Ramridge Primary School Choir
1:50pm – Scoil Rince Realta – Irish Dancing School
2:15pm – Galway Trad Group
2:45pm – Finbarr Conway Academy of Irish Dancing
3:10 pm – Rigs & Jeels