Friday 17th March 2017 @ 12pm
More than 80,000 spectators soaked up the spring sunshine and carnival atmosphere of Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Limerick City on Thursday 17th March 2016.
Parade Grand Marshal, local actor Myles Breen, led more than 4,000 participants from 100 different community groups, companies, bands and sports clubs from across Limerick and Ireland for the parade which is organised by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City and County Council and Limerick 2020. This year's theme was 'Commemorate' celebrating Limerick's legacy, its people and its places.
Among the participants in this year's Parade were pop duo Jedward and Fidget Feet Ariel Dance Company which performed a crane show over the city centre streets.
Meanwhile, street arts company Spraoí brought their spectacular Stag Show to Limerick's main thoroughfares, Artastic and Spotlight Dance School provided a show-stopping spectacle, and The Workhouse Studio thrilled the crowds with their giant puppet and a host of colourful costumes. Other parade participants included The Fanzini Brothers, Danger Boy, Outside the Box, Flying Wheels, Clown Noir and Passepartout along with a wide range of local performance groups.
The 2016 Parade saw Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival take the honours for 'Best Performance' with The Workhouse Studio taking the 'Best Youth Group' award and Limerick City Rhythm Band winning 'Best Musical Performance'. The Martin Folan award for 'Best Creative entry' went to West End Youth Centre.
An artist from Flying Wheels pictured in the 2016 Limerick St Patrick's Day Parade. Photograph: Liam Burlke/Press 22
Zebb Moore of Spraoí, pictured in the 2016 Limerick St Patrick's Day Parade. Picture: Brian Gavin/Press 22
Jedward pictured in the 2016 Limerick St Patrick's Day Parade. Picture: Don Moloney/Press 22
A Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre artist performing above the crowd in the 2016 Limerick St Patrick's Day Parade. Photograph: Liam Burlke/Press 22