St. Patrick’s Festival back with biggest ever parade and programme of events

by Amy Rohu
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BY Amy Rohu

The National St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to the streets of Dublin on Thursday March 17, with the biggest and most ambitious parade ever produced.

This years festival also includes the introduction of the Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. This magical day-to-night urban Festival is suitable for all, in the heart of Dublin and will run from March 16 to 20.

Over the last six months, hundreds of Ireland’s most dynamic and innovative performers, musicians, designers, choreographers, pageant engineers, artists and makers have been working on delivering Ireland’s most ambitious street Parade ever, in creativity, scale, length and participant numbers.

Collins Barracks, Dujblin

This years parade promises to be a fresh, ambitious, bold new look for both makers and audiences alike and will be broadcast live on RTÉ, for the millions of viewers in Ireland and across the world.

In an exciting new partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Festival will take up residence at the Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in Dublin 7. The grounds of the historic heritage site will be transformed into the day-to-night urban Festival for all. Some offerings include a 3,000 capacity outdoor Main Stage, Craic Comedy Tent, Story Yurt, performance spaces, relaxation areas and a dedicated Irish Food and Craft Village. A small number of night-time events require prior booking with tickets on sale this Friday at 9am.

Speaking about the Programme announcement, Anna McGowan, Interim Director, St. Patrick’s Festival said: “We are so thrilled to bring St. Patrick’s Festival back to the streets of Dublin this coming March. The very best of Ireland’s creative community have come together to present a spectacular programme of events, the biggest, most exciting offering we have ever produced.

Hundreds of artists, arts workers, makers, creators, live events teams and community organisations, drawn from across the nation, will present a magical five days and nights of live and virtual events, from song, story and performance, to film, theatre, tours, food and so much more. We are incredibly thankful to all our funders, partners and sponsors who have made this year’s Festival possible. We can’t wait to welcome Ireland and the World back to Dublin and we are equally delighted that we can continue to present a virtual programme through SPF TV for those who cannot be with us in person.” 

For more information on all events, to view the full programme and to book tickets, visit

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