London St. Patrick´s Day celebrations ended with a parade and concert in Trafalgar Square

The celebrations of St. Patrick´s Day, the patron saint of Ireland, took place last Friday and over the weekend, all around the world. Not only Ireland turned green, but also the United Kingdom, where the Irish community cheerfully celebrates the day of 17th March. The accompanying program was also running in Trafalgar Square. There were a number of musical, dance and craft performances, accompanied by the popular Irish beer Guinness and traditional Irish food. The main London St. Patrick´s Day Parade took place on 19th March, which was livened up by the colourful masks, trefoils and the ubiquitous colour green. Well-known Irish musicians and bands appeared in Trafalgar Square, for example Liam Ó Maonlaí, Lisa Lambe and Derek Ryan. The Irish ambassador Daniel Mulhall and current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan talked about St. Patrick´s Day as an open festival for people from all communities, interconnecting all cultures around the world. Indeed, St. Patrick´s day 2017 was celebrated not only by Irish community, but it was a cheerful, lively and fun festivity for everybody.
The celebration of St. Patrick´s Day in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Barbora Sajmovicova
The celebration of St. Patrick´s Day in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Barbora Sajmovicova
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MA et BA Barbora Zelenkova (Sajmovicova) was born in 1985 in Prague. She graduated in Middle Eastern Studies (Near Eastern Studies) from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen in 2013 and also in Ethnology from the Charles University in Prague in 2015. During her studies in Pilsen she focused on Somalia and Somali people and in Prague on Czech Orientalist and Arabist professor Alois Musil. Since 2014 she has been living in London, where she founded the website The Ethnologist, where she is editor in chief. She is also involved in translating (English/Czech, Czech/English). During her university studies visited Middle East, for example Egypt, Israel, Palestine and Jordan.