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March 2004
Spirits not dampened
St Patrick's Day celebrations
Silly hats to the fore

The 2004 St Patrick's Parade in Leeds was on the theme of Care in the Community. All the work on the parade is voluntary and allows a celebration in style for the Irish community.

St Patrick's Day is Wednesday 17 March.

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Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary given credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s.

Legend has it that St Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland.

It is said that after giving a sermon from Croagh Patrick mountain, Co Mayo, the saint rang his bell and all the snakes in Ireland fled into the sea and drowned.

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The 5th Leeds St Patrick's Day Parade took place in the city centre on Sunday 14 March. The enthusiasm of the crowd was not dampened by the rainy weather.

The parade started out at 11.30am, from St Peter's Place and went across the city centre finishing in Millennium Square in front of Leeds Civic Hall.

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Music was provided by the Artane Boys Band from Dublin.

A mass also took place in St Anne's Cathedral on Sunday.

Celebrations will continue around Leeds on Wednesday, St Patrick's Day proper.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig duit!
Happy St Patrick's day!

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