St.Patrick's Festival Galway

St.Patrick's Festival Galway

Shamrocks, Leprechauns & Crocks of Gold...

St Patrick's Festival Parade Galway features an array local artists, community, cultural, sporting and international groups that aim to celebrate the cities diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. The beauty of the Galway Parade is that it is small enough for groups to truly feel a part of, yet big enough to create a special atmosphere. The Parade route is thronged with spectators from start to finish, creating a non-stop carnival atmosphere.

PARADE ROUTE

2018 marks the 116th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick's Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all ‘gastronomic’ as the parade celebrates Galway and the West of Ireland holding the title of Region of Gastronomy 2018.

The parade will start at 11.30am on Saturday March 17 on Father Griffin Rd and process across O’Brien’s Bridge, through Shop St and end on Prospect Hill.

The parade will start at 11.30am on Saturday March 17 on Father Griffin Rd and process across O’Brien’s Bridge, through Shop St and end on Prospect Hill.

FREE CONCERT

Following the parade, family-oriented entertainment will be provided at the plaza on Eyre Square including live music from ‘The Clandestinos’ and a vintage Carousel.

THERE’S MORE TO ST. PATRICKS DAY THAN SHAMROCKS, LEPRECHAUNS AND CROCKS OF GOLD.....

The following is a piece from Ireland Hidden Gems which tells you the real story behind St.Patrick and his feast day on the 17th of March.

"ST PATRICK - THE LEGEND CONTINUES....

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, although he was not born in Ireland. Legend has it, that he was the son of an English nobleman and that he was captured and made to tend sheep here as a young boy on Slieve Slemish in County Antrim. He managed to escape but a voice kept telling him to come back to Ireland and convert the Irish people, pagans at the time to Christianity, which he did, God Bless him...."

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