Wednesday 13 November 2019

Video: More than 500,000 people to descend on Dublin city for St Patrick's Day

David Kearns and Geraldine Gittens

More than 500,000 are expected to descend on Dublin City centre for this year's St Patrick’s Day parade.

Organisers of St Patrick's Festival have been working all year to create four days of activities in the city centre. 

“When you’re taking over a city the scale of Dublin, there’s a lot of planning that goes into it,” said Susan Kirby, CEO of St Patrick’s Festival.

“We’ll be welcoming, just for the parade, about 500,000 people to the streets of Dublin – with another 500,000 watching the live broadcast from RTE.”

“We owe a lot of thanks to the stakeholders and those that have helped – everyone from the Garda, the HSE and Dulibin City Council.”

“And of course to the artists, pageanteers and the volunteers that really work to make the parade and events happen,” she added.

Marching bands from the US, Mexico, Germany and Ireland will entertain the crowds with uplifting scores and powerful rhythms in this year’s parade which is themed ‘Celebrate Now'.

Ms Kirby said the public could look forward to five days of events across Dublin, adding that “all the old favourites would be back.”

First up is the annual treasure hunt – which will hit some of the capital's most famous landmarks. On Sunday, the “Big Day Out” takes place in Merrion Square.

The day-long event will feature street theatrics, aerial shows, as well as workshops and live music throughout the day.

“We’ve really been able to be ambitious with the street performers this year."

One special group is Les Poupées Géantes from France, three giant dolls who will descend on the capital delivering haunting operatic melodies.

A massive “Céilí” will take place on Monday at St Stephen’s Green from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, the main event on Tuesday - Ireland's biggest parade - will kick off at noon from Parnell Square.

For more information on all of the events for St Patrick's Festival, see the festival website.

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