Sunday, March 17, 2013

BBC News - Northern Ireland

BBC News - Northern Ireland 

St Patrick's Day: Thousands due at parades in NI

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Saint Patrick's Day parades will be taking place across Northern Ireland on Sunday.

One of the biggest parades is in Belfast, where thousands are expected to take part in the carnival.

The parade will leave city hall at noon and will make its way to Custom House Square. Several roads will be closed and delays are expected from 11:00 GMT.

Other parades are in Downpatrick, County Down, Londonderry, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and Armagh.

Up to 15,000 are expected in Belfast for the parade on Sunday.

It will be followed by an open air concert, headlined by the X-Factor's Amelia Lily, at Custom House Square.

There is a series of events during a three-day festival in the city, including dramas, talks, exhibitions, and arts and crafts.

These will take place in a number of venues across the city including the Ulster Hall, the Linenhall Library, An Cultúlann, St George's Market and the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Meanwhile, in Downpatrick, the parade will leave the Ardglass Road in the town at 14:30 GMT on Sunday.

About the same time, a procession in Londonderry will head off from Derry City Council car park.

Part of the Strand Road will be restricted to one lane.

In Enniskillen, the parade starts at the Lakeland Forum at 15:30 GMT.

There will also be a carnival parade in Armagh city centre from noon, as well as an afternoon of music.

More details on the parades can be found on the relevant councils' websites.

You can check the situation on the roads on twitter at @BBCNITravel.

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