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St. Patricks Festival (17th March 2018)

St Patricks Day Galway2017 marks the 115th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick's Day Parade and you can expect a wonderful spectacle of all things Irish with this Year's Guest of Honour being Galway native and extreme adventurer Gavan Hennigan. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.  The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm.

The parade will feature an array of community, cultural, sporting and international groups including Ireland’s pioneering spectacle theatre company Macnas, led by the Macnas Young Ensemble. Recognised worldwide for its quality and innovation, Macnas will be accompanied by a fantastical, flowery giant Macnas owl alongside a cacophony of rhythm passion and purpose from the next generation Macnas drummers.

The Young Ensemble have been costumed by Macnas Costume Designer Cherie White and are led by performance Director Debbie Wright accompanied by Éimhín Cradock and the Cloughanover drummers.

St Patrick's Festival Galway is a platform to showcase local artists and community groups. It aims to celebrate the cities diverse culture and talent through an inclusive programme of events. They aim to create a carnival atmousphere that the whole city can be part of and they do.

This year's parade highlights include Galway Arts Centre, Colours Street Theatre, An Taibhdhearc Theatre and Galway Theatre Festival with community groups such as Foróige, GAA clubs, Amnesty International and The Russian Culture Club creating a kaleidoscope of of Galway's rich mix of cultural and ethnic diversity.

Free Concert
Following the parade, family-oriented entertainment will be provided at the plaza on Eyre Square including live music from the Clandestinos, a vintage carousel and amusements and children’s entertainment which will continue over the weekend.

Charity Cycle
As part of the St. Patrick’s weekend celebrations, a family-fun cycling event will likely take place on Sunday 18th March.

Using the Galway City Bike Share Coke Zero Bikes on a race route that will involve High Street, Mainguard Street and Upper Cross Street, the event will feature cyclists from various clubs in the county who will take part in a number of relay races and knockouts of up to 12 laps. Further details to be confirmed in due course.

Parade Route 2017

St Patricks Day Galway

Parade Running Order
The World's Strongest Man - Duffy's Circus
Badóirí an Cladaigh (The Claddagh Boatmen)
Rivers and Crows
National Colours 1st battalion Dún Uí Mhaolíosa
Liam Silke, Town Crier
Victorian Carriage with Guest of Honour Little John Nee
St. Patrick's Brass Band
St. Patrick Puppet
Involve Salthill
Rahoon/Newcastle Hurling Club
Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla
Shantalla Residents' Association
Merlin Woods FC
Friends of Merlin Woods/Foróige Drummers
UNESCO City of Film Crew
Castlegar Hurling / Camoige Club
Galway Hospice Foundation
Claddagh National School Band
Galway Arts Centre
Cumann na Bhfear
The Green Army
Coder Dojo
Scoil San Phroinsías
Galway Traveller Movement
St. Francis, Patron Saint of Ecology and Environment
Saint James' GAA
Patrician Brass Band
St. Mary's Bruce Grey School Rugby, CANADA
UNESCO City of Film Showcase
Barna/Furbo u8s Soccer
Coyote's Late Bar Galway
Salsa Latin Dancers Community Group
Dirty Circus
Les Hot Culottes
Galway Feminist Collective
Amharchlann An Taibhdhearc
Amnesty International
Galway City Cougars
Liam Mellowes GAA Club
Galway Theatre Festival
Sinead Rowe Designs
Funky Drums
Galway City Roller Derby
Eyre Square Shopping Centre
Community Spirit Drumming
Lackagh Comhaltas
Galway Egypt Belly Dancers
Colours Street Theatre Creatures
Galway Community Circus
Galway Branch of Arthritis Ireland
Bugale an Oriant Dancers & Musicians
UNESCO City of Film Crew
Barna GAA U9 & U10 Girls
Cúla Búla
Manannan Mac Lír
Galway City School of Judo
National Water Sports Summit
Access Music Project Galway Currach
Galway Arts for Activism Theatre and Spectacle
St. Patrick's Scout
European Capital of Culture Radio Crew
Foodland Stores Polish Showcase
Polish Community Group
South African Community Group
Galway Filipino Irish Community
Russian Culture Club
Galway City Karting
NUIG Juggling Society
Tom Duffy's Circus
Gamelan Na Gallimhe
Galway Fire Service

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