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Portlaoise 

For the first time ever Portlaoise town will hold a two-day festival for St. Patrick’s Day. The street festivities will be held on Main Street in Portlaoise from 2pm to 6pm on both Thursday 17th of March (St. Patrick’s Day) and Friday 18th March! The festivities this year will include street traders, Irish music, jugglers, acts, bands, baton twirls, buskers, street entertainers and much, much more. For more information check out Patrick’s Day Parade Portlaoise on Facebook.

Newbridge 

The Newbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Main Street in Newbridge, County Kildare from 12 noon until 2pm this St. Patrick’s Day. The Parade is always led by the Army colour party and has marching bands, dance groups featuring different nationalities with their song and dance, American Mussel Cars, street carnival, face painting and local sports clubs from footballers to boxers. For more information check out Newbridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Facebook! 

Kilkenny 

The medieval city of Kilkenny will have a 6 day festival to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from 15th to 20th of March. This years festival will see performances by American marching bands, street entertainment including acrobats, children’s shows and stilt walkers, a carnival, Rogu Fire Show, fireworks display, street food vendors, drum workshops and live music. The St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny takes place alongside Kilkenny Tradfest, a traditional music festival with gigs from some of the best Irish Musicians. For more information head to www.stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

Waterford 

Voted Ireland’s best place to live, Waterford City, will host a 3 day festival from 17th to 19th of March. On St. Patrick’s Day the parade will take to the streets at 1pm, led by Grand Marshall Finn Ryan. On Friday the 18th of March there’ll be free music, dance and entertainment from John Roberts Square to O’Connell Street to the Plaza Festival Stage. On Saturday 19th the Phil Collins Trio Jazz concert takes place in Constitution Square from 1pm. For more information see www.stpatricksfestivalwaterford.com.

Bray

The Bray St. Patrick’s Day festival will run from Wednesday, March 16th until Sunday March 20th! Top-class family entertainment is guaranteed with Bird’s Euroshow Funfair, an open-air Céilí, street theatre, walks, trails, a treasure hunt, the Bray Parade and you can catch some great live music at one of the many venues throughout the town. The Bray Parade will kick off at 2 pm on St. Patrick’s Day from the Town Hall to the viewing stand at the northern part of the Seafront. For more Information head over to www.bray.ie/stpatricksfestival. 

Mullingar

There’s no parade in Mullingar this St. Patrick’s day but at least there’ll be a bit of craic with the Fleadh Tractor Run heading down the town at 3pm. The theme of the tractor run is Fleadh Cheoil an hEireann. The tractor run is a fundraiser for the Fleadh which will take place in Mullingar from the 31st of July to the 7th of August! To register to take part in the tractor run or for route details head to www.fleadhcheoil.ie

Athlone

Athlone will have a packed 4 day Festival, Athlone Croí na hÉireann Festival, from Thursday 17th March right through to Sunday the 20th of March, celebrating St Patrick and everything Irish and green! Some of the festivities taking place over the Festival weekend is the Céilí Mor with Rise the Dust, poetry in Burgess Park and a mini market in the town centre! For more information head over to St. Patrick’s Day Festival Athlone on Facebook.

Limerick

The Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival will take place over 4 days from 17th of March to 20th of March. This year the festival will include the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday 17 March, the theme this year is Belonging and Identity. Over the weekend the Limerick International Band Championship will be taking place on Sunday 20th of March along with a host of other family-friendly events including a scavenger hunt, a panoramic wheel, beat on the street family drum shows, a street show and fire and aerial extravaganza shows! For more information check out www.limerick.ie/stpatricksfestival

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