We have been looking forward to the return of the Parade this year, and the London Committee lead by Susan Pearson and Ian McDonnell worked tirelessly to ensure that it was the best one yet! We would like to thank our incredible parade sponsors; Ardent Tide, Evans Mockler, BJ Waller, Elite Architectural Systems and Keenwood; without whom we would have been walking the route!
The parade was built around themes of #LondonIsOpen, with BITA also championing Inclusivity and Sustainability with our entry – a pedibus that harnessed our brave volunteers’ cycle power, plus musical accompaniment! The incredible band, The Craic Heads, joined us on the day and were driven along on a flat-bed Clancy truck to delight the crowd by playing us along the route. EnviroTech kindly provided power to the band with one of their power packs and Midlands Truck and Van provided another electric vehicle and signage!
The live band, unique pedibus, and walking volunteers lofting placards (on recycled wood of course) promoting other BITA chapters, drew lots of cheers from the crowd that had braved the weather.
After reaching the end of the route, our team of volunteers moved to Trafalgar Square where we were invited to enjoy hot Irish lamb stew and, of course, Taytos, while we watch the performance on the main stage.
BITA, with the support of Poundfield Products and Centaurea Investments, was thrilled to sponsor the main stage at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in London on the 13th March this year, where we joined other parade sponsors including Glencar, J Coffey Construction, Harris Group, and the Irish Post.
Paul Whitnell, the President of BITA, was asked up to the main stage to welcome everyone and we were excited to tell the crowd what we did with a 30 second video about BITA.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in the day; organisers, sponsors and volunteers, for helping with the event, and contributing to another incredible St Patrick’s Day Parade in London. Roll on 2023!