If you’re a redhead, Cork is the place to be this St Patrick’s Festival, with colour very the order of the day as upwards of 50,000 spectators are expected to descend on Cork City centre.
Led by Grand Marshal George Hook, the parade begins at 1pm on South Mall and travels via Grand Parade and St Patrick’s Street to end on Merchant’s Quay at around 3.30pm, with the Redhead Convention taking pride of place during the celebrations.
A free Park’n’Ride will be in operation and the parade will be streamed live online via corkstpatricksfestival.ie.
The organisers of Ballincollig’s parade have set their sights on a world record — they want to gather the most Princess Elsas together in one place. To the best of their knowledge, they will be the first to attempt such a record and have invited all Elsas, and their parents, to gather in the SuperValu carpark near the town’s cinema at 2.30pm, ahead of the parade’s 3pm start on Main St.
There will be another colourful parade in Bandon this year, featuring the entertaining Fanzini Brothers and a spectacular display from Boggle Circus Training. Assembly is at 2pm in St Patrick’s Church carpark, with the parade at 2.30pm.
The parade starts at 12.30pm, led by Ballingeary Pipe Band. This year’s theme is one of fancy dress, with spectators encouraged to tog out for the celebrations.
Starting at 3pm from the GAA club, this year’s parade will make its way down Castle Close Rd, pass the back gates of Blarney Woollen Mills, turn right at The Castle Hotel, and finish at the reviewing stand outside the Church of Ireland.
From steam engines and vintage cars, to displays from local schools and clubs, Carrigaline’s parade is set to be one of the biggest and most colourful so far. It begins at Dairygold at 1.30pm.
The town’s 21st consecutive St Patrick’s Day Parade, organised by Clonakilty Town Twinning Association, will begin at 3pm from Faxbridge and end at the Old Technical School on the Western Rd.
Participants in Cobh’s parade are invited to embrace the theme, 100 years of heritage. It will start on the Low Road by the Heritage Centre at 3.30pm, pass the reviewing stand at the Lusitania Peace Memorial and end the Old Town Hall.
The West Cork village, home to less than 100 people, holds the record for the greatest number of St Patrick’s Day parades hosted by a rural Irish village of its size. Its 43rd parade features events which include musical performances from schoolchildren and a set dancing display. The parade starts at 3pm from the local school.
Once again, Courtmacsherry features a unique double parade, taking place on both land and sea. The sea parade begins at 4.30pm, sailing up the harbour with St Patrick at the helm, and the land parade starts at 5pm.
Once renowned for having the shortest parade in Ireland, Dripsey is running its eighth St Patrick’s Day Vintage Tractor and Car Run organised by the Vintage Association. The cars and tractors will hit the road at 12pm.
The town’s 32nd St Patrick’s Day parade begins at 11am, from Cavanagh’s Garage on the Cork Rd, winding down McCurtain St, and coming to a close on Pearse Square at around 12.30pm.
Kinsale’s celebrations kick off at 7.30pm tonight with a maritime parade at Kinsale harbour, complete with choirs on pier head and a fireworks display. It begins at 2pm with a Ceilí Mór at Emmet Place, with face painters and balloon artists getting the crowd ready for the street parade at 4pm.
The St Patrick’s Festival in Macroom kicked off last night, continuing today with an Irish Music Trail in Dineen’s Bar, JC Murphy’s, Murray’s Bar, Castle Hotel and TP Cotter’s. Tomorrow, Tim and Anne O’Riordan will play music in the square at 2pm, followed by the parade at 3.30pm.
Mallow’s parade features the theme Siul na nÓg, or Walk of Youth, to encourage young people to get involved in their community. The celebration begins at 1.45pm outside St Mary’s Church where Cuisle Avondhu provide entertainment until the parade starts at 2.30pm.
Midleton’s parade leaves Distillery Lane at 3pm, ending up at the Goose’s Acre. The march will feature trad musicians, Irish dancers and street entertainment from Cork Party People.
Those celebrating all things Irish in Schull this year will be treated to a fun-filled day of music and face-painting with the main event, the parade, kicks off at 2pm. Afterwards there will be an all-ages social from 3pm onwards.
The Skibbereen parade starts at 2:30pm from the playground and follows its traditional route along North St before turning into Main St and finishing at the Old Mart Car Park on Bridge Street.
Organised by the Youghal4All group, the parade will begin at 3pm, leaving from Brehon Rd, behind Lidl and Tesco, and make its way down Catherine St, along South and North Main Streets, before culminating at Dolphin Square.
The parade will commence from Fertha Drive at 2.30pm with a special prize for best- dressed child on the day.
Growing every year, the Castleisland parade will start at 1.30pm, leaving from McElligott’s on Tralee Rd.
The parade starts at 12.45pm from Ashmount Terrace and pass through Goat St, Main St, The Mall, Bridge St, Strand St, turning at the Quay and returning to the Old Hospital.
All are welcome to join the Family Party in the Town Park from 4pm to 7pm. The celebrations feature bouncy castles, music, face-painting, barbeque, sweets and treats.
After a Celtic Steps open-air concert, the parade will wind through the town from Mission Road at 2pm. Post-parade entertainment takes the form of an open-air disco. There will be a children’s funzone, treasure hunt, and an adventure race.
The theme this year is Myths and Legends, so watch out for the colourful snakes and bearded St Patricks. The parade gets underway from The Fishery at 1pm.
The parade starts at 12.30pm from Galvin’s Yard, with floats assembling from 12pm. Before the parade, sheepdog trials will be held in Atlantic Gateway at 10.30pm, and post-parade entertainment takes the form of a cow dung lotto on Goosey Island.
The theme of this year’s celebrations is being active, with participants asked to don their fitness gear — be it running shorts or swimsuits, cycle helmets or boxing gloves. The parade starts at midday and travels from John Joe Sheehy Rd, down Boherbee and Castle St, finishing at the viewing stand on Denny St. Grand Marshal will be Kerry Rose Mary Hickey.
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