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St. Patrick’s Day: what’s going on in the streets of London?

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With nearly all COVID-19 restrictions lifted, Londoners are celebrating the first St. Patrick’s Day in three years with no capacity limits in bars and restaurants and no limits on gatherings at home. Reporters from the London Free Press follow the crowds of green-clad revelers who started the day with parties at their homes near Western University and Fanshawe College and are now congregating in clubs and bars.

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People celebrating St. Patrick's Day walk on Farnsborough Crescent towards Fleming Drive near Fanshawe College in London.  (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
People celebrating St. Patrick’s Day walk on Farnsborough Crescent towards Fleming Drive near Fanshawe College in London. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


Partygoers head out to a St. Patrick's Day celebration at The Belfort, a nightclub on London's Piccadilly Street.  (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Partygoers head out to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The Belfort, a nightclub on London’s Piccadilly Street. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

2 p.m.

House parties in the west and downtown are dispersing as people head to the bars of Richmond Row for the afternoon. The biggest St. Patrick’s Day party seems to be at an outdoor concert at The Belfort nightclub, where thousands of young people attend. The flow of spectators – most walking, others in taxis – towards the venue on Piccadilly Street rumbled through traffic in the area. Police were called to a few parties, but there were no major incidents by mid-afternoon, the Const spokesman said. said Sandasha Bough. Officers patrolling downtown and student neighborhoods could be seen stopping people from drinking alcohol while walking on sidewalks and roads.

Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan applauded the St. Patrick’s Day revelers who were celebrating sensibly.

“Reports from our staff currently indicate that those celebrating are being responsible, respectful and keeping their safety in mind so far today,” he said during a COVID-19 briefing from the office of health Thursday afternoon. “The city is working with the London Police Service and all of its community partners, as we do every St. Patrick’s Day. We are ready to react if celebrations spiral out of control.

Middlesex-London Medical Officer of Health Alex Summers urged revelers to drink responsibly and recognize that COVID-19 is still a risk in the community. |

“We know many people will be reuniting with friends to celebrate after two years of not being able to,” he said. “We certainly favor a good time, but COVID is still here. It is important that while you are celebrating, you do so in the safest way possible. Continue to wear masks indoors.

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12 p.m.

Crowds continued to pour into downtown on foot, taxi and public transport as St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began to resume at noon. House party music could be heard throughout the core. The doors have opened at the Belfort nightclub on Piccadilly Street, where a large outdoor concert is expected to draw large crowds. A police spokesman said there were no incidents to report.

Large crowds line up at the Belfort, where an outdoor dance party drew hundreds in the early afternoon.  (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)
Large crowds line up at the Belfort, where an outdoor dance party drew hundreds in the early afternoon. (DALE CARRUTHERS, The London Free Press)


Western University students Mira Patel, left, Shreya Anand and Clarissa Loo celebrate St Patrick's Day on the terrace of Barney's in London.  (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Western University students Mira Patel, left, Shreya Anand and Clarissa Loo celebrate St Patrick’s Day on the terrace of Barney’s in London. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)

11 a.m.

Small gatherings began to appear in front yards around Western University’s campus and around downtown, but it was still quiet around Fanshawe College, where a group of bylaw enforcement officers was parked near Fleming Drive.

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Green-clad revelers began to fill the sidewalks, marching downtown. There were no queues outside the bars – most don’t open until the afternoon – but a handful of tables were full at Barney’s patio.

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Police could be seen on foot and in cruisers patrolling downtown and student neighborhoods.

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Early in the morning

London Police, the London Health Sciences Center and the Middlesex-London Paramedic Service have urged St. Patrick’s Day revelers to keep safety in mind in morning social media posts.

“We hope you are enjoying the sun and celebrating responsibly. Additional paramedics and paramedics are on the road today responding to our 911 calls,” the paramedic tweeted at 7am.

In three tweets posted shortly after 8 a.m., the LHSC urged revelers to watch their alcohol intake, not drive while impaired, and make sure they are visible to drivers if they are walking the night.

London police speak to St. Patrick's Day revelers on Broughdale Avenue.  (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
London police speak to St. Patrick’s Day revelers on Broughdale Avenue. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


A St. Patrick's Day party started before noon at this house on Mill Street in London, Ontario.  Thursday, March 17, 2022. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
A St. Patrick’s Day party started before noon at this house on Mill Street in London, Ontario. Thursday, March 17, 2022. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


Adorned with two Irish flags, Andrei Merkulov holds a beer as he soaks up the sun with his housemates Thursday morning on the lawn of their Huron Street home.  (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)
Adorned with two Irish flags, Andrei Merkulov holds a beer as he soaks up the sun with his housemates Thursday morning on the lawn of their Huron Street home. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)


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