St. Patrick's Day Parade
Sunday 17th March 2013 @ 12pm
Limerick's St Patrick's Day parade will entertain like never before with highly acclaimed street theatre group Macnas set to interact with and enthral spectators at this year’s event.
Macnas will perform their show 'The Cockroach and the Inventor' during the Limerick St Patrick’s Day parade using musical, visual and theatrical languages to bring the city’s streets to life.
And from giant cockroaches to giant saints – this year's parade is pulling out all the stops with a 14ft St Patrick statue leading the procession as Grand Marshal.
The statue was chosen to lead Ireland’s largest regional parade to coincide with the 'Parade of Patrick’s' participating in this year's event, when hundreds will dress up as Ireland’s patron saint in an attempt to break the record for the most St Patrick’s in one place, led by Artistic Director, local actor/writer Mike Finn. The Parade of Patrick’s is part of a new arts initiative pairing local businesses with community groups to perform in the parade.
All participants will make their own costumes from locally sourced materials and the costumes have been designed by Jennifer Byrne, Michelle Doyle and Asta Alminaite, three fashion students from Limerick School of Art and Design.
The theme of this year’s festival is 'Saints and Scholars' and one of the features will include a Parade of Patricks when hundreds will dress up as St Patrick in an attempt to break the record for the most St Patrick’s in one place. The diverse and colourful groups of Ireland’s patron saint will be dispersed throughout the parade.
Entry to the Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade is free. All sporting, cultural, community, business and social organisations are invited to take part in the event which regularly attracts 70,000 spectators on to the streets of Limerick.
The theme can be interpreted in a number of ways with participants deciding to design a float/entry to reflect our national saint, Ireland, Limerick or their business, school or favourite team.
To enter the Limerick St. Patrick's Day Parade, please fill in and return the application form below. Entry is free and all applications must be submitted by Friday 8th March 2013.