It is with deep regret and a heavy heart of sadness that the 20th Huddersfield St Patrick's Day Parade is cancelled. This is due to an increasing number of participants pulling out.
We are devastated to make this decision - the toughest we have faced in twenty years - but we hope you understand in the light of current events.
We would like to thank you all for your loyal support throughout.
This year's Parade follows the now successful format used for former Parades, with once again visiting bands and groups partaking. The 20th Parade has managed to secure the services of Manchester Community Pipe band and we look forward to welcoming them back to Huddersfield for their debut.
Preparations for Parade 2020 began the moment The 2019 Parade finished and after our Easter family party and High Tea extravaganza, groups were invited to contact the team with plans on how they would like to be involved.
The committee chose a number of artistic and cultural groups and workshops began in earnest in September. They are currently working on their displays and the thirty-two acts will line up for the parade which takes place on March 15th at 1pm.
Of course, in order for our family festival to be a success we need to raise funds and a big thank you to The Irish Government's Emigrant Support Programme and The One Community Foundation who awarded grants of £4500, £1500 respectively. Thanks also to you our supporters who will help us raise over eight thousand pounds through supporting The Grand Draw, Halloween, Kenny Paul Irish night, Easter Party, the High Tea, the annual booklet and countless other efforts via sales, donations and advertisements. This means that another wonderful weekend is guaranteed where Irish culture is promoted to all in Huddersfield and everyone is welcome to our fun-filled jamboree.
We do hope you enjoy using the site and the committee wishes you all the best, as we prepare for St.Patrick's Day 2020. Please note we welcome all suggestions, feedback, ideas and practical support, in order for us to keep providing a fantastic Parade!
Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Association