Watch: Huge crowd parties on St Patrick’s Day in St Julian’s

Video – Matthew Mirabelli

Thousands of people packed St Julian’s seafront to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in the traditional way – with a pint, or two, of Guinness.

Traditional Irish music blared from loudspeakers and people started converging early in the afternoon on Sunday, many of them wearing green.

Earlier, a colourful parade kicked off St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Valletta.

‘Bishop St Patrick’ and the enigmatic heroine ‘Molly Malone’ joined the Irish ambassador at the head of the parade down Republic Street, featuring a number of Irish characters and Irish music. More Irish music and dance, notably the stepdance, were performed on a stage at St George’s Square.

The activity is organised every year by the Irish-Maltese Circle. 

Those taking part included Claddagh Crooners, South Belfast School of Irish Dancing and the Marsa scouts band. 

The start of the parade in Valletta. Pictures - Anna Marie Navarro.  The start of the parade in Valletta. Pictures – Anna Marie Navarro.  

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