British Prime Minister Tony Blair has thrown his support behind this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations in London.
"This wonderful event has now become a fixture in the city's calendar, reflecting the enormous contribution of the Irish community in London over centuries, as well as their current and continuing achievements," Mr Blair said.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern also threw his support behind the event. "St Patrick's Day is a wonderful occasion that gives the Irish people and our many friends in London and around the world the opportunity to celebrate our National Day."
London's parade takes place on Sunday from noon to 6pm and is organised by the Mayor of London, supported by a wide range of London Irish community organisations led by the Council of Irish Counties Association.
The event is free and is open to all. Music at the event will include sets from The Saw Doctors, plus rising stars Paddy Casey and Fionn Regan.