2018 marks the 116th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm.
The parade will feature an array of community, cultural, sporting and international groups including Ireland’s pioneering spectacle theatre company Macnas, led by the Macnas Young Ensemble. Recognised worldwide for its quality and innovation, Macnas will be accompanied by a fantastical, flowery giant Macnas owl alongside a cacophony of rhythm passion and purpose from the next generation Macnas drummers.
The Young Ensemble have been costumed by Macnas Costume Designer Cherie White and are led by performance Director Debbie Wright accompanied by Éimhín Cradock and the Cloughanover drummers.
St Patrick’s Festival Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. It aims to celebrate the cities diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. They aim to create a carnival atmosphere that the whole city can be part of and they do.
This year’s parade highlights include Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of of Galway’s rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.
Weekend Events List
Friday March 16th
Galway Dance Project presents a workshop in traditional Irish dance from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Claddagh Hall.
Outdoor screenings of a selection of classic ‘Irish’ movies 4:30pm to 8:30pm at the Spanish Arch.
Céilí Mor featuring Mick Crehan and ‘The Crane’ musicians from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Spanish Arch.
Programme Launch Galway West of Ireland European Region of Gastronomy 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Spanish Arch
Saturday March 17th
Music with BackWest on the Plaza Stage 10:30 to 11:30am Plaza Stage, Eyre Square
Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade – ‘A Celebration of Gastronomy From Farm to Fork’ Start time: 11.30am
The Clandestinos 1:30pm to 3:00pm Plaza Stage, Eyre Square
Family Fun in The Village, Salthill after the Parade until 6.00pm
Sunday March 18th
Outdoor screenings of a selection of classic ‘Irish’ movies from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at the Spanish Arch.
Parade Route 2018