Kingdom’s towns and villages ready to celebrate St Patrick's Day

The Kingdom will formally celebrate St Patrick’s Day from dawn to dusk and then, informally, deep into the late hours with many towns and villages hosting parades and other events to make the occasion.

Kingdom’s towns and villages ready to celebrate St Patrick's Day

In keeping with tradition, the Dingle Fife and Drum Band will kick off the day with a 6am march through the fishing port and tourist town.

It will be all part of a wider programme to celebrate the culture and traditions of west Kerry and the organised parade will take place in Dingle at 12.45pm. One of the biggest parades in the county will be in Tralee where thousands of people will again line the streets to witness a colourful spectacle.

Participants are asked to be ready to move off at noon from John Joe Sheehy Rd and some town centre streets, including Castle St, the Mall and Denny St, will be closed to traffic for the parade.

The Killarney parade will start at the usual Ross Rd assembly point at 2pm, with upwards of 50 floats, marching groups and bands taking part. The parade will be led by mayor Paddy Courtney and the eight other members of Killarney Town Council.

Pre-parade entertainment will be provided by five local branches of Comhaltas Ceoiltoirí Éireann at Market Cross, Killarney.

The Listowel parade will start at 12.30pm from the town park and will pass the viewing stand, in the town square, proceed up Charles St and back to the square.

People from many parts of north Kerry are expected to flock into Listowel for the event.

The Castleisland parade will start from the Tralee Rd, at 1.30pm, and upwards of 50 groups will be involved. It will be preceded by street music.

In Killorglin, the local pipe band will lead the parade and participants are asked to assemble at The Fishery from 12.30pm. Businesses in the town are requested to decorate their premises in green for the day.

The Waterville parade will take place through the village at 4pm.

Communities in Glenbeigh, Glencar and Cromane have joined forces for a parade in Glenbeigh, starting at 12.30pm from Glenbeigh GAA Grounds.

In Sneem, the parade will set off from Galvin’s Yard, at 12.30pm, and head through the village. There will be €1,000 in prizes for the best floats and marching groups The Rathmore parade will be held tomorrow, with Declan O’Keeffe, former All-Ireland winning Kerry footballer, as grand marshall. Start will be at 2pm.

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