This is the annual community event to celebrate Buddha’s birthday.

The event will utilise the north quadrant of the Square only. A small statue of Buddha will be placed in the middle of grass area and the public will be able to make offerings and bathe the Buddha. There will be a series of small (3m x 3m) gazebos erected on the quadrant for low level activities, one for information and one as a staff marquee.

The event will begin with an official unveiling of the Buddha, followed by a parade of approximately 60 people, some in costume. This is a new route due to the works taking place in Newport Street.

Small, short, non amplified performances will take place throughout the afternoon. A small PA will be operational for announcements only.

The event is anticipated to attract between 500 – 1000 people across the afternoon.

The Lord Mayor is due to attend the event and Mayoral Car will be arriving via Cranbourn Street at approximately 12:20pm. They will park on the North Terrace until departure at approximately 2:30pm via Cranbourn Street.

Please note, The TUC march is also taking place on this day – the organiser is aware and has briefed all contractors and the LM accordingly.

Key timings include:
12:30pm – Parade begins
1:00pm – Speeches
3:00pm – Baby blessing service
6:00pm – Event closes
8:00pm – Site cleared.

Key locations include:
Leicester Square Gardens (north)

Parade Route:
Wardour Street > Gerrard Street > Lisle Street > Leicester Place.

Further Operational Details:

  • Toilets: Access will be maintained to the toilets at all times
  • Park access: All four gates to the park will remain open throughout the day
  • There will be no table and chair suspensions
  • There will be no street trading or public food concessions