Cork’s St Patrick’s Day festival will commence on Saturday, March 14, where St Patrick’s St will be transformed into a hub of food and free entertainment, with the city’s main thoroughfare closed from 10am to 6pm to host music, street theatre, and a market.
This will move to Grand Parade on Tuesday, March 17, to accommodate the parade.
An extensive series of traditional Irish music sessions with the Lee Sessions will culminate in the newest addition to the festival programme, the Paddy’s Night Fleadh, which takes place on Tuesday, St Patrick’s Night, at 8pm in Cork Opera House. A full line-up for the Fleadh will be announced shortly.
The parade will be led by Grand Marshal and Lord Mayor of Cork Mary Shields.
“The Cork St Patrick’s Festival 2015 once again focuses on free family entertainment and offers a fresh alternative to the other festivals. By emphasising the family aspect of this celebration, we are nurturing the festival for future generations and renewing the reputation of St Patrick’s Day,” Ms Shields said.
“The city is set to be a hive of activity offering a variety of music, food, and street performances to suit every type of audience. We welcome young and old to come and enjoy the cultural atmosphere with over 80,000 people expected in the city for this year’s festival.”
The St Patrick’s Day parade begins at 1pm on South Mall and will travel onto Grand Parade, St Patrick’s St, and finish at Merchant’s Quay.
The thousands of local groups partaking in the parade will be joined by carnival floats and local commissions by Dowtcha Puppets and Cork Community Art Link, along with commissions by street theatre companies LUXe, Spraoi, and Bui Bolg.
The theme of Cork’s 2015 St Patrick’s Festival is ‘Cultural Concepts, A Play On Culture’, which organisers say will capture the festival in every form, from horticulture to a play on language.
A live stream of the parade, and details of the festival programme, can be found on www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie.