Each year Limerick's O'Connell Street is filled with the spectacular sight and sound of talented marching band musicians from across Ireland, Europe and America for Ireland’s only International Band Championship. Cheer on the bands as they march through the city competing to be crowned International Band Champions!
Prizes are awarded for the overall champions, best uniforms, best musical performance, most entertaining performance, best local band, best youth band, best international band, 'Mayors Prize', the special judges’ award and special commendation prizes awarded at the judges discretion.
The Limerick International Band Championship forms part of a comprehensive St. Patrick’s Festival in Limerick, the centre point of which will be the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Tens of thousands of people line the streets of Limerick City from midday on March 17th for Ireland’s largest regional St. Patrick’s Day Parade.