St Patrick’s Day is not only for rowdy parties and dressing in green costumes whilst jigging to traditional Irish music, the Saints day generates big business in Nottingham.
People from across the country will be heading to the city, which boasts a large Irish population, this Saturday to celebrate and join in the festivities.
More than 1% of the 733,000 population in Nottingham are of Irish descendant, many pubs have been busy setting up clover themed flags and filling up barrels of Guinness in preparation for one of the most financially profitable days of the year.
Last year, hundreds of revellers took to the streets to mark the patron saint of Ireland’s special day. A parade involving music and dancing in the Old Market Square, in the city centre proving a huge success.
Chloe May, 28, a staff member at the Rose Of England said: “Saint Patrick’s is one of the big ones, we now have the parade coming down Mansfield Road as well which is really good”
“Paddy’s Breaks the Record”
Shaun Cullen, manager of Bierkeller
Unlike many cities Nottingham has several Irish bars, ‘Raglan Road’ was “nominated for the best Irish community pub 2017” and will be a popular destination for locals due to its unique Irish style interior and its friendly atmosphere.
Staff say that on “average (they) pour about 400 pints of Guinness” on the famous day, but this year they have predicted that this number will sharply increase to around the 500 mark.
The following day is sure to bring sore heads around the East Midlands, however bars, restaurants and hotels will be counting their pot of gold from the night before.