St. Patrick's Day, 17th March, is the national holiday of Ireland. It is celebrated by people around the world, but the best place to be on St. Patrick's Day is in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. An even better place to be is performing in the Festival Parade.
St. Patrick’s Festival is Ireland’s leading multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place annually over a 4-5 day period, in celebration of Ireland’s national holiday.
The Festival showcases all that is good about Ireland both domestically and internationally. Its multi-faceted programme creates a carnival atmosphere, ignites Irish pride, creates uplifting powerful experiences and delivers lasting memories for the 1.6 million people who engage with the festival annually.
Street theatre and performance, pageantry, spectacle, culture, music, dance, literature, comedy, film, gastronomy, sport and more are presented as part of the diverse world class programme.
The Festival Parade on March 17th is the principal event on the programme and is an enthralling, moving piece of street theatre with stunning pageantry, created by leading street theatre companies and spectacular and charismatic performers. Bands from around the world provide the uplifting musical score for the Festival Parade.
The spectacular procession meanders through the heart of Dublin City mesmerizing the audience along the 2.7 km route. The world renowned parade passes many of the city's landmark buildings and historic sites including the GPO, Trinity College, City Hall, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Bands enliven the streets of Dublin and display their musical mastery to a live audience and a televised live broadcast, which is streamed live internationally.