Thursday 17th March 2016 @ 12pm
Thousands of spectators line the route of Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City each year on 17th March.
In 2015, Mayor of Limerick Cllr Kevin Sheahan joined members of Limerick City and County Council and invited guests to witness more than 3,500 colourful participants from more than 70 different community groups, companies, bands and sports clubs take part in the Limerick parade which celebrated the carnival theme of ‘Spring’.
Grand Marshals were aerial dance and contemporary circus specialists Fidget Feet, and the parade featured a gala of colour and adrenaline pumping music including last year's Best Float winner ʻMusic Generation Limerick Cityʼ, local marching bands, colourful members of Limerick’s international community and a community youth choir from Ontario in Canada. This year's Flag Ambassadors were the students from Coláiste Nano Nagle who carried Ireland's largest tricolour.
Run on behalf of Limerick City and County Council by Grooveyard Productions, Limerick’s 2015 St. Patrick’s Festival was sponsored by the Crescent Shopping Centre, Analog and the Maldron Hotel Limerick.
The 2015 Parade saw a special award - named after the Limerick based artist and teacher Martin Folan – being awarded to the best creative entry John the Baptist Community School Hospital.
Spotlight Stage School took the honours for Best Performance, with Limerick Learning Hub taking the Best Youth Group award and The Limerick City Rhythm Marching Band winning Best Musical Performance.
Judges in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade included Lucy Medlycott from the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle network (ISACS), Limerick National City of Culture Director, Mike Fitzpatrick and Limerick 2014 Creative Pillar Chairperson Karen O’Donnell O’Connor.
Photos: Fusion Shooters