Community groups and businesses are being invited to take part in three St Patrick’s Day parades across Fingal this year.

The council’s events department is now taking applications for participation in displays in Blanchardstown, Balbriggan and Swords on Sunday March 17.

Last year’s celebrations drew crowds of more than 55,000 people and Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid said he was looking forward to seeing the turnout for 2019.

He added: “The Fingal Events team works to organise parades that are an entertaining and inclusive cultural celebration.”

Davis Events have once again been engaged to deliver the 2019 parades and are liaising with theatre groups to arrange workshops for a number of participants.

Fingal County Council is partnering with St Patrick’s Festival which works with community groups to develop stories around Irish mythology and tradition. Their pageant float ‘Banba’, representing the Celtic Goddess of Ireland, will take its place in the Swords procession.

Fingal Mayor Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) said: “Saint Patrick’s Day is a significant cultural event and the parades allow Fingal residents to celebrate in their communities.

“The parades are an opportunity for residents to learn about local community groups and the businesses in their area. I look forward to seeing the diverse and creative floats at the Fingal parades this year.”

The Swords parade begins at 11am, with a 2pm start in Balbriggan while the Blanchardstown parade begins at 3pm.

There are also parades taking place in Rush (1pm), Lusk (1.30pm) and Skerries (3pm)which are organised by community groups.

For applications to take part visit www.fingalparades.com and submit the completed form to fingal@davisevents.ie. The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 February.