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Travel restrictions in place for Belfast St Patrick's Day parade

The St Patrick's Day Parade in Belfast will be held this Sunday March 17

TRAVEL restrictions and diversions will be in place in Belfast city centre for the annual St Patrick's Day parade which takes place this Sunday.

The carnival procession will leave Linenhall Street at 12.30pm and make its way into Donegall Square North, continue along Chichester Street, turn left up Victoria Street and left again at High Street, up Bridge Street onto Donegall Street, finishing at Writer's Square at 1.30pm.

Belfast City Council is urging people to use public transport but says on-street parking and city centre car parks are still available. This includes blue badge holders.

It said extreme caution should be exercised when driving in and around the Custom House Square, Queen's Square and Victoria Street areas due to the large volume of pedestrians attending a free concert featuring The Vengaboys, Catherine McGrath and Ryan Sheridan from 1.30pm to 4pm.

A Spar Craic 10K event will also see up to 2,000 runners leaving Belfast City Hall at 9am on St Patrick's Day before finishing at Ormeau Park.

Read more: Armagh to have two St Patrick's parades on different days as breakaway parade announced

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