Brian McFadden to perform at St Patrick's Day concert

Belfast Lord Mayor Arder Carson helps launch St Patrick's Day at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Hugh Russell

A FORMER Westlife star will be among the headline acts at this year's St Patrick's Day festival in Belfast.

Singer Brian McFadden and 2014 X Factor winner Ben Haenow will entertain the crowds at a free concert in Custom House Square on the afternoon of Thursday March 17, following the main parade through the city centre.

Dozens of eye-catching floats, including puppets, dancers and a gigantic 'snake', will take part in the parade which this year will take an extended route from City Hall to Custom House Square.

The floats will leave City Hall at midday and travel along Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, Donegall Street, Bridge Street and High Street before the concert begins at 12.45pm.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson, who will be leading the parade, said: "This year's spectacular carnival parade, produced by Beat Carnival, celebrates the colour, character and diversity that is Belfast".

He added: "Community groups from across the city are taking part in the St Patrick's Day Parade which will be an eye catching carnival to attract thousands of locals and visitors alike so I hope everyone will take up the invitation and have a great time".

As well as Haenow and McFadden, the concert will include performances from Co Down singer Triona Carville, traditional band Altagore, Innova Irish Dancers and the Belfast Boys' Model Drummers.

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