When it comes to celebrating St Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t get any better than being in Ireland to explore and discover your hidden Irish heritage. No matter where you are, you won’t be too far from a parade or a celebration. There are more than 100 events and parades happening all over the country. They might vary in size and scale, but one thing they will all have in common is delivering a wonderful experience.
The city plays host to the festival with various events and parades across the city. The main attraction is the Festival Parade which starts at midday where explorers will witness Marching bands and Ireland’s leading street theatre group responding artistically to the theme ‘Home is where the Hear is’. The parade will start from the Parnell Square straight through the O’Connell Street around Trinity College, up to Christchurch, going all the way to appropriately named Patrick Street while finishing on Cuffe Street.
For those who aren’t keen on spending their time watching the parade can witness the funfair at Merrion Square which also facilitates street performances and workshops.
There are small parades happening around the counties including Swords, Lucan, Blanchardstown, Lusk, Skerries, Tallaght, Clondalkin and Stepaside.
The city plays host to not one, but two parades: The St. Patrick’s day parade on Saturday and the International Band Championship on Sunday. On St. Patrick’s Day, while celebrating the 250th anniversary of circus performance, marching bands will entertain more than 70,000 spectators on the theme ‘Circus 250’. The parade starts at midday from O’Connell Avenue while finishing on Merchant’s Quay.
On Sunday, the International Band Championship will witness more than 1200 musicians competing against each other. The bands will start performing at midday marching to Quay Park for a free concert.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cork City is expected to witness approximately 50,000 spectators. This year’s theme focuses on a remarkable anniversary: ‘Democracy for all – 100 Years of The Vote for Women’. The parade starts at 1 pm from South Hall and finishing on Merchant’s Quay.
It will be an early start this year in Galway with the parade starting at 11:30 am from Farther Griffin Road. The parade is strongly emphasizing on the local culture with arts and community groups going through Shop Street, William Street while finishing at Prospect Hill. Explorers can also witness a free band concert on Eyre Square after the parade.
The City is well known to be the first to declare St. Patrick’s Day a holiday. It hosts a grand parade which starts at 1 pm expected to witness around 40,000 people. The parade will start from the Glen up Thomas Street and finish at Parnell Street.
Written by: Sanket Kamble from StayPlanet