Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 8:41am

Luck of the Irish? Manchester sees record turnout as £10million generated by St Patrick's Day festivities

Luck of the Irish? Manchester sees record turnout as £10million generated by St Patrick's Day festivities

By Danielle Wainwright

Over 200,000 people celebrated St Patrick's Day at The Manchester Irish Festival as ten days of festivities were held to celebrate the life of the beloved Irish saint.

The record breaking attendance brought people from across the UK to the city, and Irish Sensation The Script ended the event with a headline gig on Sunday.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Elaine Boyes and Manchester's Greater Police Chief Sir Peter Fahy were just some of the VIP's leading a Parade into the city centre.

The festival, Europe’s largest Irish celebration, hosted over 200 events at 100 different venues and attendees lined the three-mile route from the Irish Heritage Centre into Albert Square. 

Tony Hennigan, press officer for the festival said: “It was an historic occasion as well as our best ever parade. This was the first time that the parade had started from the £5million Irish World Heritage Centre and it looked like the whole of Manchester had come out to greet it.

“The BBC broadcast a three hour live broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester to mark the occasion and a full camera crew from Irish TV in County Mayo flew over to capture the event and broadcast it around the world live to an estimated 1 million viewers.”          

PARADE: Festival-goer in the guise of St Patrick and red and white drum band

Manchester celebrated in sunshine with an estimated revenue of £10million being generated by the Irish extravaganza which is organized by a small group of community volunteers.

This year the festival marked the 2013 Gathering in Ireland by turning its landmark buildings green and teaming up with Tourism Ireland and Ireland.com who were one of its main sponsors along with the Irish Post, Guinness and Heineken.

The St Patrick's Day celebrations continued until the early hours of the morning with likes of The Dublin Legends and The Fureys joining The Script to play headline gigs in the city whilst a host of post-parade parties took place in the City Centre, Cheetham Hill, Chorlton, Fallowfield and Levenshulme.

Images courtesy of Manchester Irish Festival, with thanks.

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