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They cannot be home to celebrate their biggest day of the year, so members of Perth's growing Irish community are bringing a slice of Ireland to the streets of Leederville.

A street parade featuring floats, a marching band and Irish dancers will be held in Oxford Street on St Patrick's Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

The March 17 parade has the support of the City of Vincent. The Irish Families in Perth group will host a white-collar boxing event at the Italian Club in Northbridge on March 2 to raise funds.

Twenty-four amateur boxers are in training and will represent various nations and sporting codes.

Event organiser Gillian Forde said the response to the event had been overwhelming, with an extra 20 people on a reserve list for the chance to get in the ring.

"It's going to be a big show, it's pure entertainment and we'll have a professional referee, card girls and all the lights and sounds which go along with a professional fight night," she said.

"We're hoping it will become an annual event."

Irish Families in Perth spokeswoman Karen Hennessy said the influx of Irish people to Perth motivated the group to start a new parade after the Fremantle version ended about five years ago.

For information on the boxing event or the parade, visit or email .

The West Australian

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