'Sugarbabe' Sweetens Belfast's St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day looms and Belfast City Council is again inviting people from all over the city – and beyond – to join in the fun of this year’s celebrations.

For the third successive year, the council has organised a spectacular carnival procession and free concert, this time featuring former Sugababe, Mutya Buena, on Monday 17 March.

The carnival procession, featuring 500 participants from all corners of Belfast, will leave the City Hall at 12 noon. 

“Taking ‘The Shamrock And The Storm’ as its theme, the parade will involve young people, senior citizens and community groups from all over Belfast, making this year’s event once again truly representative of the diverse make-up of our city,” commented the Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers.

Eileen Branagh, Project Manager with The Beat, who are organising the carnival parade on behalf of Belfast City Council, said that she was extremely pleased with the large number of groups who would be taking part this year.

The carnival will make its way along Donegall Place to Castle Junction into Castle Place, then along High Street, Victoria Street and Victoria Square, into Custom House Square.

The main concert, once again compered by Pete Snodden of Cool FM, will start at 1pm. The first half of the bill will feature traditional Irish and Ulster-Scots performers, including Nae Goat’s Toe and Four Men and a Dog.

The headline pop act will be Mutya Buena, a founding member of the multi-million selling Sugababes, who has now embarked on a successful solo career.

With a capacity of around 5,000, admission to Custom House Square is free, but entrance will be on a strictly ‘first-come-first-served’ basis. 


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