Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Festival celebrations will burst into life at midday on Saturday, 17th March for Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Street theatre companies LUXe and Lumen will be accompanied by the School of Spectacle in a colourful prosession which will start on O’Connell Avenue (Roden Street junction) before winding its way through the heart of Limerick City Centre.
The parade, which is being co-ordinated by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City and County Council, will feature thousands of participants from various community groups, companies, bands and sports clubs from across Limerick and further afield.
Theme: Circus 250
The Circus celebrates a special birthday this year, 250 years after entrepreneur and showman Philip Astley drew out a ring and began filling it with astonishing acts such as tumblers, rope-dancers, jugglers and clowns.
Every circus, anywhere in the world, began at that moment, and over the past 250 years circus performers have been entertaining, inspiring and wowing audiences all over the world, bringing joy and spectacle to our streets.
Who didn’t want to run away with the circus when it came to town?
Circus has become an important part of our experience of culture in Ireland, be it a trip to the Big Top, or the street performer during a festival.
These skilful performers from jugglers, clowns, acrobats and aerial artists to tight rope walkers, hoola-hoopers, fire eaters and contortionists have enlivened our lives and brought laughter and wonder to our streets.
So this St Patrick’s Day, Limerick will be celebrating these heroes of circus, paying homage to their strange and wonderful skills and perhaps adding a few new skills of our own!
We are inviting you to root out those clown noses, get juggling those sliotars and join the circus for one day as we take to the streets of Limerick and celebrate Circus 250!
If you would like to take part in the 2018 Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please complete the application form below and return by email to email@example.com or by post to Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Limerick Culture and Arts Office, Culture House, No.2 Pery Square, Limerick by Tuesday 27th February 2018.
Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival is co-ordinated by Grooveyard Productions on behalf of Limerick City and County Council and is kindly sponsored by Analog Devices, the Limerick Strand Hotel, the Crescent Shopping Centre, Mr Binman, Ishka Irish Spring Water and Limerick's Live 95FM.