It looks as if Ken Livingstone is coming through on his promise that if elected as Mayor of London he'd do something for St Patricks Day.
Here's a message from him that popped up in my email:
As you may be aware I am supporting the traditional parade to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in London, to be followed this year, for the first time ever, by a festival on Trafalgar Square.
The parade will start from outside Westminster Cathedral on 17 March at approximately 1.30pm (assemble 12.30pm) and walk along Victoria Street to Parliament Square, then up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square. On the parade there will be floats, plus bands, dancing troupes and community organisations. On the Square will be an afternoon of traditional music, dancing and other entertainment. Performing at the festival are The Dubliners, Mary Coughlan, Finbar Fury, Celtic Feet and many others.
I would very much like to invite you to join us on the day to help celebrate the day itself but also the contribution that generations of the Irish community have made to London. I hope to see you there
Yours sincerely, Ken Livingstone
Whatever people might think about the old GLC it used to put on good free concerts. As I wrote when Ken was running for mayor "Hank Wangford wrote a song in which GLC stood for Good Loud Country. Roll on the Restoration - we should get some good concerts out of it." (And here's the song I wrote at the time "The Once and Future Ken" - with with a sounf file.)