Coatbridge St. Patrick’s Day Festival
As you know, the Saint Patrick’s Festival commenced in Coatbridge in the year 2003, and four years later in 2007, it incorporated sports, music, art exhibitions, dancing events, film, and street festivals. The holiday currently runs for ten consecutive days, and every year the all-day Saturday street party in Main Street constituting Irish songs and dancing is the highlight of the occasion. In the year 2006, there were a total of 9000 participants. Meanwhile, there were more than 12000 participants on Saint Patrick’s Day 2017.
The Government of Ireland, in addition to Guinness Diageo, sponsors the event. In the year 2007, the Irish president at the time (Mary McAleese) paid a visit to Coatbridge in 2007. In the preceding year, the song ‘I’m no Billy, he’s a Tim’ by Des Dillon was performed at the Church Hall of St. Bartholomew. The festival features which are ever-present entail Gaelic Football, and music from the Comhaltas Group, to mention a cadre. One of the highlights of the holiday is the Manchester-Irish performance by flute, pipes, whistle, and the legendary Mike McGoldrick who was on tour with Bob Dylan.