Over the years The Parade has benefitted from Grant support from the Irish Government through it's Emigrant Support Programme (ESP), with £4,500 having been awarded to the 2020 Parade, which has been carried over to 2o22.
This year in addition, we are very pleased to announce that the ESP grant has been matched with a further grant of £4,500 by Historic England Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) Cultural Grant Programme, which is managed and supported by Kirklees Council, through a Consortium led by CHOL theatre. The HSHAZ covers the St. George's Square Area, with the renovation of The George Hotel and Estate Buildings being its focus but also aims to raise awareness and revitalise the High Street, through its Cultutal Programme t00.
The theme of the Cultural Programme this year is 'arrivals', with the Train Station steps being first experience of Huddersfield for many Irish (and so many others), arriving in Huddersfied - This making the Parade of 32m from the Station steps to Harold Wilson Statue so significant.
We are very grateful for the grant support that both bodies have offered us and demonstrates the value of joint working and the comittment to celebrating Culture and Economic benefits too.
Here's looking forward to saying Hi! to our Huddersfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebration and bringing some Ceol agus Craic to The Square.
11.30am -12.30pm Mass – St. Patrick’s Church (Irish Dancers and Brother's Pearse GAA Youth Section)
12 noon Parade Celebration Starts, St. George’s Square
12.00 -1.00pm: Traditional Irish Music Session (The Grove Music Group)
12.30 - 12.45pm Irish Centre Set Dancers
1.00pm Town Crier announces start of the Parade (from the Station Steps)
1:15pm Presentation and Speeches
Irish Embassy North of England Vice Consul General Carina O’Brien
1:30 – 2.00pm Frances Cassidy School of Irish Dancers
2.00 - 2.30pm - St. Patrick’s Primary School Choir
2.00-2.45pm – Brothers Pearse Youth Section Gaelic football display (in front of Station Steps)
2:30 - 3.00pm - Across the Moone - modern Irish Duo
3.00 to 4pm - Giants Causeway - Irish Rock Band
4.00pm Event Finish!
DJ Chris 5pm to midnight
Group 7.00 - 10.00pm: Ballyhoo
St. Patrick’s Centre
Michael Bracken 4.30pm
Irish Centre Celebration Bar
Bears Street Food (Burgers): https://www.bearsstreetfood.co.uk
Humpit (Hummus & Pitta Salad Bar): https://humpit-hummus.com
Hey Sweetheart - (Sweet stall): https://www.heysweetheartsweetshop.co.uk
Tony's Ices (Ice Cream): http://www.tonysicecream.co.uk
Facepainter - Artifaces: http://www.artifaces.co.uk/contact.htm
Hive Cafe - Tea, Coffee & Cake! (adjacent to the Square across the road)