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Irish Olympians join London's St Patrick's Day parade

Spectators at the St Patrick's Day parade
Image caption Spectators gathered along the route of the parade which started at midday

Irish Olympians and Paralympians have joined one of the world's biggest St Patrick's Day celebrations in central London.

The Olympics-themed parade ran from Piccadilly to Trafalgar Square, where a festival took place.

High-jumper Deirdre Ryan and boxer Kenneth Egan, who have qualified for the Games, were among those taking part.

There are 220,488 Irish people living in London according to the last census.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "I'm delighted to once again be backing London's St Patrick's Day celebrations.

"That they are amongst the biggest outside Ireland reflects the longstanding contribution of many generations of Irish people to London life."

Brent, in north-west London, held its parade in Willesden Green on Saturday and it attracted about 3,000 people.

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