St. Patricks Day Parade - Street Photography Walk

  • March 17, 2013 · 11:30 AM
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The Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place on Sunday 17 March 2013.

Set to be one of London's liveliest celebrations of the year, over 100,000 people attended last year's event.

The day kicks off with a spectacular parade of colourful marching bands, floats, costumed characters and street theatre groups.

The parade leaves Piccadilly at noon and follows a route along; lower Regents Street,Pall Mall and finishes in Trafalgar Square.

The Parade

The parade leaves the top of Piccadilly by Green Park at noon.

Watch out for the puca, a giant inflatable dragon, which is being brought over by award winning artists Bui Bolg. At over 36 metres long and eight metres high, the brightly coloured puca will be an incredible spectacle as it winds its way through the streets of central London.

Also see the wonderful floats from Irish County Associations, marching bands from across the UK, sports clubs and Irish Dancing schools.

Celtic knots and clover leaf shapes on a green background.

The event continues with a festival on Trafalgar Square with a food market, children's area and an afternoon of top Irish comedy.

This fantastic day out is a great way to experience all things Irish from food and dance to crafts, culture, music and much more.

This is a great event to capture some street photography candid shots of people and at the same time feel part of the celebrations. Many people there will be there taking photos so its an opportunity to people watch and observe great unposed street scenes!

Note: This is a busy, crowded event. We will meet as a group at the start and end points (TBC), but most likely during the event you will do your own thing or can choose to walk with other group member(s) whilst you take photos.  We will as our WSP tradition finish the Meetup in a cosy pub/bar towards the end of the parade route (most likely the All Bar One in Villiers Street (few mins walk from Trafalgar Square) for food and/or drinks. This is an opportunity to socialise in a very friendly group with people from the group, make new friends and share your photos if you wish. Full details of Start and End meeting points will be emailed to RSVPers. We look forward to seeing you!

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  • Nay

    Great day out, thank you for organizing!

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks for coming along Yano28!

      March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time, fantastic experience, nice to meet good people.
    Thank you Linda.

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Linda

      Awesome! Great to meet you Alex!

      March 18, 2013

  • Miles

    Had a great time, nice to meet some new people too. Thanks for organizing Linda :)

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Linda

      Nice one Miles, good to meet you too!

      March 18, 2013

  • Ashley B.

    I had a really good day, got some good shots and met some great people.

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Linda

      Great! Thanks for coming along, was good to meet you!

      March 18, 2013

  • Linda

    Dispute the weather, I had a good day out, I hope you did. Thanks for attending. See y'all again hopefully soon!

    2 · March 17, 2013

  • Ciara

    Great occasion for some interesting shots!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Jacek

    Great day out!

    3 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I did not make it today. I was travelling home yesterday evening when the train I was on was cancelled at Watford Junction due to a fatality at Hemel Hemstead after an hour and a half waiting for a replacement bus we were told none were coming. By the time I made It back to Leighton Buzzard it was past 1 o clock. I do not know if the trains are running this morning but I was too tired to get up early and find out.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Alasdair

    Think I might pick up an umbrella on the way....

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Filippo D.

    Sorry, I won't be able to make it today. Have fun!

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Ala

    So sorry, something's come up last minute

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Louise

    Hi everyone, I'm really gutted but I can't make today as not well - is it too late for someone to take my place? I hope I can meet everyone at the next meetup......

    March 17, 2013

  • Linda

    I have just sent out an email with details of the meeting points. If you didn't get it, it is probably sitting in your Junk/Spam mail folder or you have turned off notification emails!

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Ray

      Hi Linda. Can you please forward me the email with details of the meeting points. Thanks!

      March 16, 2013

    • Linda

      Hi Srikanth, sure thing, will do this shortly.

      March 16, 2013

  • Ciara

    will anyone else just be bringing a compact? my options are my beloved samsung nx20 with a standard 20-50mm lens (but as i said i was worried about it in crowds) or a compact olympus xz1, which also takes good pictures for a compact!

    March 14, 2013

    • Steve C.

      I'd suggest you bring your nx20, you'll get better shots and I doubt you'll regret it

      2 · March 14, 2013

    • Ciara

      i might have the compact in the bag for when it starts raining or something.. which of course it won't!! :)

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Annoyingly for me, I'm not going to be able to get there until about 3.30 now but will rush over from London Bridge and try get some pictures around Trafalgar Square and then pop into All Bar One. Linda - will people be in All Bar One around 4ish perhaps? It will be my first time meeting up with the group too and would love the chance. Thanks!

    March 15, 2013

  • Ciara

    also, anyone els going to be wearing green? being half irish and having spent last years paddys day in dublin, i still have a little bit of gear :)

    March 14, 2013

  • Ashley B.

    I'm looking forward to this, my first meetup as well. Does anyone have any lens/gear suggestions? Is there any point bringing a flash?

    March 12, 2013

    • Ashley B.

      Travelling light does sound like a good idea, I'm a sucker for over-carrying though!

      March 14, 2013

    • Linda

      I seriously recommend light and compact then you can bob and weave through the parade without your lens touching someones nose ala Chris Huhne :) But its entirely up to you what you chose to bring!

      March 14, 2013

  • Ciara

    is any other newbie a bit worried about their camera at this event? a big crowd of people drinking just sounds a bit risky to me.. ;)

    March 14, 2013

    • Linda

      Ciara, don't worry, its a relaxed, family and kids orientated event! :) We went last year as a group and had a brilliant time!

      March 14, 2013

  • pete

    Morning all,First time meeting up with the group, hoping to get my setting off auto!!

    March 13, 2013

    • Linda

      Pete, welcome to the group.

      March 14, 2013

  • Alasdair

    I might actually shoot some digital for this, for a change. (Maybe.)

    March 11, 2013

    • Linda

      Save you running to Snappy Snaps before the pub bit! ;)

      March 11, 2013

  • Micahel S.

    Sorry I cant make I have to go into hospital again

    March 11, 2013

    • Linda

      ok Micahel. All the best.

      March 11, 2013

  • Lewis

    Hi, I'm pretty new to street photography, would be great to come to this street parade

    March 9, 2013

    • Linda

      Hi Lewis, welcome. I'm sure you'll find lots to photograph at this parade :)

      March 9, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Promised a friend I will take them this year, hope to catch the next outing. :)

    March 6, 2013

    • Linda

      No problem Paul, see you next time!

      March 7, 2013

  • Miles

    Hi, Just joined and this will be my first meetup, looking forward to it!

    March 6, 2013

    • Linda

      Hey Miles, we look forward to meeting you :)

      March 6, 2013

  • Randy R.

    If I wasn't making my way to San Francisco at this time, I would really love to be there with you!!! XXX

    March 4, 2013

    • Linda

      No worries Randy!

      March 4, 2013

  • James P.

    Id love to attend, but id only do it weather permitting, so im hopefull there is some spaces left nearer the time

    March 3, 2013

    • Linda

      No problem!

      March 4, 2013

  • Louise

    This will be my first WSP meetup, will be great to meet you all!

    1 · March 4, 2013

    • Linda

      Looking forward to meeting you Louise!

      March 4, 2013

  • Ciara

    this is my first meetup with this group, looking forward to it!

    March 3, 2013

    • Linda

      Hi Ciara, we look forward to meeting you!

      1 · March 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly out of circulation for a while.

    1 · March 3, 2013

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