London … celebrating St Patrick’s Day 2013 in the Capital with traditional Irish music, traditional Irish dancing, and traditional Irish weather

March 17th is of course Saint Patrick’s Day, and although it was freezing cold and raining hard in London (yet again) today (2013), the crowds came out in force to help the Irish celebrate their patron saint’s feast day.

Traditional Irish music and Irish dancing performed under traditional Irish weather in Trafalgar Square earlier

Traditional Irish music and Irish dancing performed under traditional Irish weather in Trafalgar Square earlier

Beautiful traditional Irish dancing costumes brought a welcome splash of colour to yet another grey day in London

Beautiful traditional Irish dancing costumes brought a welcome splash of colour to yet another grey day in London

The crowds enjoying the entertainment and weather

The crowds enjoying the entertainment and weather

As well as the festivities in Trafalgar Square a procession of all things Irish and Irish-themed paraded up the Mall and down Whitehall.

The parade included a float full of traditional Irish people ...

The parade included a float full of traditional Irish people …

A traditional Irish Caterpillar truck (lovely Leitrim, lovely truck) ...

A traditional Irish Caterpillar truck (lovely Leitrim, lovely truck) …

A traditional Irish turtle (?) ...

A traditional Irish turtle (?) …

I think this was just a hanger-on from the Chinese New Year Parade last month ...

I think this was just a hanger-on from the Chinese New Year Parade last month …

Traditional Irish peat ...

Traditional Irish peat …

... and the Hare Krishnas!

… and the Hare Krishnas!

Yes, the delightful Hare Krishnas found perfect pleasure today by dressing up for Ireland and wishing all a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

No, nobody chanted "Hare O'Krishna"

No, nobody chanted “Hare O’Krishna”

St Patrick's Day 2013 Parade Hare Krishna float

However, it seemed not everyone was getting into the Irish spirit.

Only Irish eyes were smiling near Horseguards Parade today

Only Irish eyes were smiling near Horseguards Parade today

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

TLT x

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