Limerick’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and International Band Championship will take a ‘detour’ from their traditional routes this year due to ongoing works on O’Connell Street. As we welcome back the parade and championship to the streets of Limerick, the routes are being altered.
The following is the route for the Limerick St. Patrick’s Day Parade which starts at 12 noon on 17 March:
Assembly Point is Sarsfield Barracks, with starting point at O’Connell Avenue, Roden Street junction.
The parade route follows down O’Connell Avenue, The Crescent, O’Connell Street, turn left onto Cecil Street, turn right onto Henry Street, continue down Henry Street, onwards to Liddy Street and Arthur’s Quay Park.
The route then turns left onto Patrick Street before it ends at Rutland Street by Matthew Bridge.
The Reviewing Stand will be located near Arthur’s Quay Park (at the junction of Liddy Street and Honan’s Quay).
The following is the route for the 50th Limerick International Band Championship which starts at 12 noon on Sunday 20 March:
Assembly Point is Pery Square, with starting point at O’Connell Avenue, Hartstonge Street junction.
The parade route follows down The Crescent, O’Connell Street, turn left onto Cecil Street, turn right onto Henry Street, continue down Henry Street, onwards to Liddy Street and finishing at Arthur’s Quay Park.
A jamboree will be held at Arthur’s Quay Park with the bands performing and where the winners of the competition announced.
The Reviewing Stand for the Band Championship will be located on Henry Street at the junction of Bedford Row and Shannon Street.
In what is a first for the festival, Limerick City and County Council has partnered with ASD Ireland to host an area along the route specifically for people with sensory issues.
A special autism friendly area will be located along the route at the Crescent for both days, and will include a sensory room, covered marquee and seating area. Access to this area will be limited with special wristbands being provided by ASD Ireland.
For more information on this area and to apply for access, please check out asdireland.ie.
A special Digital Guide has been created outlining the events taking place in the Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival, as the routes for the parade. It is available here on Limerick.ie.
Among the other family-friendly events taking place for Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival include:
St. Patrick’s Festival Fire and Aerial Extravaganza - Potato Market, Merchant’s Quay – 19 March
Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre join Ireland’s premier fire performance company ROGU to light up stage and sky with a spectacular fusion of flights and fire! Numbers are limited and pre-booking essential.
Panoramic Wheel - Arthur’s Quay Park - 04 March - 21 April
Soar above the city and take in the stunning 360 degree views across Limerick’s skyline on the spectacular 38 metre panoramic wheel. Sky-high fun for all the family.
Beat on the Street - Hunt Museum Garden - 18 March
Drum Dance Ireland welcomes you to the world of drumming where the star of the show is you! Children aged 5 to 13 are invited to play bass drums, congas, shakers and bells resulting in a fully interactive fun-filled percussion performance! Pre-booking essential.
St. Patrick’s Festival Scavenger Hunt – People’s Park, Pery Square - 18 – 20 March
Join Lumen Street Theatre on a magical journey of discovery on a self-guided scavenger hunt throughout the People’s Park. This project is funded through the Local Live Performance Scheme, Dept. Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media.
St. Patrick’s Festival Street Show Saturday – Bedford Row – 19 March
Join us on the streets of Limerick for a day of performance, science and spectacle with antics from Strong Women Science, Monsieur Gusto, Galway Community Circus and Master Magicians Steve Spade and Jack Wise!
St. Patrick’s Weekend at Limerick Milk Market – 17-20 March
Enjoy the delicious buzz of Limerick’s celebrated market across four fun-filled days of food and family friendly festivities.
All events being organised on behalf of Limerick City and County Council during the festival will be subject to the prevailing Covid-19 public health guidelines at the time of the event. For the latest health guidance please see gov.ie.
Grooveyard is producing this year’s Limerick St. Patrick’s Festival on behalf of Limerick City and County Council along with partners Analog Devices, Mr Binman, Maldron Hotel and Fáilte Ireland.
Media Sponsors are Limerick Leader, Live 95, Limerick Post, Spin South West and I Love Limerick.