Manchester

Manchester marks St Patrick's Day with parade

Image caption The parade started at 11:30 GMT and ended in Albert Square in the city

More than 100,000 people lined the streets in Manchester for the city's 25th annual St Patrick's Day parade.

The celebrations began with a Roman Catholic Mass in Gaelic at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Cheetham Hill, where the parade left at 11:30 GMT.

It ended at Albert Square in the city centre two hours later.

The parade was one of the highlights of the city's two-week Irish Festival which began on 6 March and ends on Friday.

It included hundreds of floats, carnival costumes and marching bands all celebrating the city's Irish community and heritage.

Image caption The first parade was 25 years ago

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