Monday 5 December 2016

What time will the St Patrick's Day parade start? All you need to know about the routes

Sasha Brady

Published 16/03/2016 | 14:08

All you need to know about the St Patrick's Day parades in Dublin, Cork City, Galway, Limerick City, Waterford and Belfast.

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More than 112,000 visitors  from all over the world are in Ireland for St Patrick's day, and as the country gears up to celebrate the national feast day, there is no shortage of celebrations to be had.

Dublin

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Start time: 12nooon, from Parnell Square North to St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Route: The 2.5 kilometres long parade leads from Parnell Square on the city's Northside down O'Connell Street, over the River Liffey via O'Connell Bridge into Westmoreland Street. It then snakes past Trinity College at College Green and on to Dame Street.

The parade turns left at Christchurch Cathedral into Lord Edward Street, Nicholas Street and Patrick Street before finishing at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Theme: 'Imagine If'... the theme for the Festival Parade is inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they artistically conjure up the future. As Ireland celebrates the centenary of 1916, the parade looks to the next 100 years with futuristic floats, spectacular pageantry and dazzling performance.

Cork City

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Start time: 1pm, from South Mall.

Route: The parade runs from the South Mall to the Grand Parade, along St. Patrick’s Street and finishes at Merchant’s Quay.

Theme: Commemorations is the theme of the parade as the Rebel County remembers the Easter Rising.Actors playing the ‘leaders of 1916’ will lead the parade and re-enact scenes from 1916, performing extracts from the Proclamation along the way.

Galway

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Start time: 11.30am, from Dominick Street.

Route: The parade kicks off on Dominick Street and runs through Bridge Street, Mainguard Street, Shop Street, William Street and Eyre Square before winding up at Prospect Hill.

Theme: Supporters of Galway’s bid to become Capital of Culture in 2020 will use the occasion of their 113th St Patrick’s Day parade as an opportunity to showcase the host of creative talent on offer in the City of the Tribe.

Limerick City

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Start time: 12noon from Pery Square.

Route: The Shannonside parade will run through O’Connell Street, passing the viewing stand outside Penney's, before finishing up at Arthur's Quar.

Theme: The theme of this year's parade is ‘Commemorate’ which seeks to promote Limerick's legacy, its peoples and its places. The streets will play host to 4,000 performers from local groups as well as the Fanzini Brothers. Jedward will also make a guest appearance. A 280-strong marching band from the University of Missouri will be among the 1,200 musicians taking to the streets of Limerick.

Waterford

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Start time: 1pm on the Quays.

Route: The parade will run from the Bus Station on the Quays, onto The Mall and ending at the junction of The Mall and Parnell Street.

Theme: ‘The Three Sisters 2020 — Celebrating Waterford’s Diverse Culture’. The parade will celebrate the people, culture, and heritage of Waterford, past and present. Local street theatre company Spraoi will feature, and extra events such as a music stage in John Robert’s Square, a play area for the young, and a treasure hunt will follow the parade.

Belfast

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Start time: 12noon at City Hall.

Route: The parade will make its way from City Hall  across Donegall Square North, down Donegall Place, Royal Avenue, turns right onto Donegall Street, onto Bridge Street, left onto High Street and ends at Custom House Square where a free concert will be held.

Theme: This year's theme is 'Rainbow' and will feature community groups from across the cultural spectrum alongside professional and amateur performers, musicians and dancers. Former X Factor winner Ben Haenow and ex-Westlife member Brian McFadden will headline the free concert.

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