ST PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL 3-YEAR THEME: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE:
The St Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin has always included a theme for its celebrations each year.
For the first time in its history, the organizers of the Festival have created a three-year theme. For 2014, 2015 and 2016, the Festival Parade themes explore Ireland’s Past, Present and Future.
St Patrick’s Day Parade
This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade will include the usual carnivals, fun and free entertainment and amazing street pageants. Whereas last year’s theme “Celebrate Now” focused on the present, the 2016 Festival Parade theme “Imagine If” has been inspired by the imagination of the youth of Ireland as they look to the future. These futuristic imaginations will be brought to life by leading pageant companies on March 17th with their creative and thrilling performances. Some of the many interesting pageants this year include:
- Spraoi – Home Above and Below takes a light-hearted look at futuristic living spaces
- Inishowen Carnival Group – Cyberactive imagines a world where phones, computers and other technological tasks are integrated into the human body
- City Fusion – Games On fast forwards to the year 2116 to see how sports and entertainment have changed
- Brighter Futures – Laura goes to Mars to see if aliens are real!
The St Patrick’s Festival Parade officially opens the St Patrick’s Day celebrations with marching bands from Ireland, France and the USA livening up the streets and getting feet tapping as they march through the heart of Dublin city. At the end of the parade, you can head for the Irish Craft Beer Village and enjoy some Irish craft beer, food and music.
St Patrick’s Parade Route
The Parade begins as usual on Parnell Square and continues on to O’Connell Street and over O’Connell Bridge to Westmoreland Street. It then winds it’s way down Dame Street and Lord Edward Street and then passes by Christchurch Cathedral and along Patrick Street where it finishes just past St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
St Patrick’s Festival is the biggest event of the year and if you’re planning on being in Dublin around St. Patrick’s Day, it’s advisable to book your Dublin hotel before you arrive.
Lá Fhéile Phádraig Sona Daoibh!
Event : St Patrick’s Festival
Venue: Dublin City
Dates : March 17 – 20th, 2016
Parade Route:How about you, what do you think?