Luton’s celebrated St Patrick’s Day parade will include floats going through the town for the first time in years – thanks to special negotiations by Luton Irish Forum.
Head steward Pat Wallace said: “We wanted to start a new tradition and inject more colour and life.
“It gives people the opportunity to be creative and puts the focus back on the Irish community who have made the festival what it is.”
The events kick off at 10am on Friday (March 17) with the annual Sean O’Riada Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians.
There will be another mass at 9.30am on Sunday (March 19) prior to the parade which leaves the Forum at 11am sharp and will be joined by floats at Hitchin Road/Brunswick Street roundabout. Walkers and floats will wend their way to the town centre and end up at Market Hill where Diverse FM radio personality Jim Carway will host proceedings.
Entertainment on the main stage will be headlined by The Mick Flavin Band, Shane Owens and The Biblecode Sundays.