The St Patrick's day celebrations will be on Saturday 17th March this year, with a parade from Willesden tube station to the Library Centre. This will be the last event of the council's funded festivals and events programme. Brent can be rightly proud of the generous funding for a number of festivals in the past, but the drastic budget cuts we have had to make has resulted in a future programme comprising support for a much reduced offer: a borough-wide "Brent Celebrates" festival, Holocaust Memorial Day and a fireworks display. There will also be a small specialist team to help and advise groups planning their own events. Meanwhile, let's make this St Patrick's parade the best ever.